STORRS, Conn. – The UConn softball team wrapped-up fall exhibition games this past weekend at the Burrill Family Field and did so with much confidence heading into the winter months, leading up to the 2018 season.
Heading into her fourth season as head coach, Jen McIntyre’s team went undefeated in eight exhibitions – featuring Boston College, Holy Cross, Bryant, Hartford, Dartmouth and Central Connecticut – throughout late September and early October.
“Fall is a great time to evaluate our team and what we need to work on,” said McIntyre. “The freshmen were working hard and getting used to the speed of the game…We have a lot of options with this team, as we moved people around to see their versatility.”
The Huskies welcomed six freshmen to the program for the 2017-18 campaign, while returning 13 players from a year ago – led by sophomore Carli Cutler, who was named American Athletic Conference All-Second Team and All-Rookie Team in her first season.
UConn hosted six of the fall exhibitions, including the final weekend of action against Dartmouth (Oct. 7) and Central Connecticut (Oct. 8) most recently.
“More than any individual, the team stuck out. It was a really positive note for us,” said McIntyre. “Our pitch selection was good at the plate, the pitchers hit their spots and the defense made some great plays.”
McIntyre added, “We’re focused on our goals at this point. The group is on a mission…So many underclassmen playing well, and credit to the upperclassmen, especially the seniors who are leading the team.”
In the offseason, UConn moves to eight-hour weeks and individual workouts throughout November and December, prior to the start of official team practices in January.
The Huskies have 19 players on the roster, including 14 underclassmen, but McIntyre’s young group is off to a good start in 2017 – hoping to use the momentum as a springboard in 2018.