UConn’s series win against Tulane in the final weekend of the regular season was a huge confidence booster for the team, critical in all but securing an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
In the last conference series of the year, the UConn baseball team strolled into New Orleans and left with a couple victories. They grabbed the series win against Tulane as they have set themselves up as the No. 4 seed in The American Athletic Conference Championship.
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As the academic year at UConn comes to a close with this weekend’s commencement festivities, there’s still baseball to be played. Students will gather to receive their diplomas in Gampel Pavilion while the Huskies will be in the midst of the last series to ever be played at J.O. Christian Field, when the Bulls of USF come to town.
The UConn softball team will travel to Houston this weekend to play in its first game of the American Athletic Conference Championship.
After finishing the season 8-13 in the conference, No. 6 UConn will play No. 3 Houston on Thursday in a one-game playoff.
Houston (37-17, 12-8 The American) is a strong team that swept UConn (21-29, 8-13 The American) earlier in the season. They have a strong pitching staff and some solid sticks in their lineup, but they have a weak defensive infield. Their defense made 70 errors in 54 games this season which has led to 38 unearned runs given up.
In the final regular season series of the season, UConn softball dropped both games of the double-header to Tulsa to lose the series. Despite a game one victory, a comeback effort in game two and a one-run game through six innings in game three, UConn could not grab the series win.
“They are a great team; they are a top-25 team right now,” said head coach Jen McIntyre after the win Friday. “They have a lot of moving parts; they have a really good stick at the top of their lineup and they have three quality pitchers at the top of their staff. I was really proud of the way we played today.”
UConn softball’s regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a double header against conference rival Tulsa.
After winning the first game of the three-game series on Friday, the Huskies (21-29) dropped both games of Saturday’s double header. Senior Jill Stockley threw the first and third games of the series, picking up a win and a loss over the 12.1 innings pitched.
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Even though Penders hasn’t take a class at UConn in 25 years, he still dreads exam week every time it rolls around.
“it’s one of my most miserable weeks of the year because you just can’t work with the team very much,” Penders said. “It’s important for them to get some work in on their own in between studying to address some weaknesses.”
Seven words. That was all Jim Penders offered on what his team, who dropped back-to-back weekend series, needed to start a three-game set with Wichita State the right way.
“Mason Feole needs to be Mason Feole.”
With Dunkin Donuts Park and the city of Hartford as his backdrop, the undisputed ace of the Huskies’ staff proved why he is he just that: the ace.
The last time UConn was at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, things didn’t exactly go as planned. UConn dropped a mistake-filled three-game series against Cincinnati, kicking off the mid-season malaise that they’re still trying to escape.
The Huskies are just one game over .500 in the three weeks since then, and they’re hoping that this time, a series in front of a Hartford crowd can change their fortunes once again.