My name is Carli Cutler, and I am a senior on the women’s softball team working toward my degree in Sport Management with a minor in Psychology. Playing softball at the University of Connecticut is a dream come true for me and the pride I feel wearing UConn across my chest every day is overwhelming.
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.
The Huskies will play their final road games of the season in a weekend series against conference rival ECU.
UConn (16-27, 4-11 The American) has been pretty streaky during the second half of this season. After starting April by winning four of the month’s first five games, it has since lost eight of its last nine.
ECU (21-26, 3-11 The American) has been struggling since the end of March. The Pirates have lost 15 of their last 17 games, many of them coming against American Athletic Conference opponents.
Senior outfielder/infielder Michael Woodworth continued his terrific season against No. 12 ECU. Even though the Huskies dropped all three games against the Pirates, Woodworth continued to churn out hits. The most important hit for Woodworth came in the ninth inning, when he blasted a homer to bring the Huskies within two runs of tying the game.
The UConn softball team has perhaps one of its toughest tasks of the season ahead of it this weekend when the University of South Florida Bulls come to town.
The Huskies kick off the action with a doubleheader on Thursday before finishing the series with a noon game on Saturday. The doubleheader was not originally on the schedule; however, due to expected heavy rain, the game that was scheduled for Saturday was moved to Thursday.