On Thursday at Madison Square Garden, UConn formally accepted an invitation from the Big East, leaving the American Athletic Conference after a tumultuous six years.
Patrick Winkel had heard about how UConn turns on the jets when they get to Clearwater in the postseason. His brother had experienced it twice already, a semifinal appearance against Houston in 2017 and the final in 2018 against ECU. But he hasn’t gotten his first taste until this year. He’s liking it.
Jalen Adams left UConn as the tenth all-time scorer in program history. Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier helped bring a title to Storrs and transformed into perennial All-Americans. Now, the two programs look to a pair of rising seniors to step into new roles: Christian Vital and Crystal Dangerfield.
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.
In a recent Hartford Courant article titled “Technology is becoming part of the game for UConn men's basketball,” Director of Recruiting and Video Tripp Doherty posited that in the near future the team may embrace technology in seeking a competitive advantage. This included potentially outfitting the players in wearables from Catapult Sports, who purports to be the “World leader in sports performance tracking devices.”
Before becoming the back-to-back winner of the PGA Minority Championship in men’s individual play, Nabeel Khan grew up in Ohio with his mother Aishah, father Mohammad, two older sisters Sana and Rabia, two older brothers Shabaz and Ammaar and a younger brother Ali on the way.
“Two years after he [Mohammad] started, I picked up my first clubs,” Khan said. “I was almost six years old.”
“I always wanted to do everything like my big brother, I always looked up to him.He was a forward, so I was like, ‘Mom, I want to go skate,’” Vomacka said. “So they just took me to the rink. I never played forward or D, they put me straight in the net, so I never really experienced how it is to play as a D or a forward. But that’s how it was. My big brother was playing so I wanted to do the same thing.”
UConn bounced back in a big way Tuesday afternoon in a 9-1 win over Central Connecticut, allowing just three hits on the day. The Huskies were fresh off their second-straight series loss that had been capped off by a walk-off home run on Sunday.
“I thought it was a really well-played game on our side,” head coach Jim Penders said. “The scoreboard should look like that at JOC. Would love to see it more often.”
The Huskies’ trip to Texas got off to a good start on Thursday, as the team met with former Husky and World Series MVP George Springer at the Astros’ Minute Maid Park. Springer talked with the team and showed them around the facilities. The Huskies hope Springer’s elite swing will rub off on a lineup that has struggled mightily as of late to bring runners home.
The Huskies (2-14, 0-4 The American) have lost their last six games and will be hoping to end the season on a positive note against ECU, (5-11, 0-4 The American) who has had an almost equally rough season. The Pirates will be hoping to snap their 10-game losing streak in the final game of the season.