The UConn softball team has been on fire recently, winning six of their last nine games and outscoring their opponents 63 to 35. Thanks to some excellent pitching from Marybeth Olson and the slugging bats of Briana Marcelino, Olivia Sappington and Carli Cutler, they have been hard to take down.
Marcelino and Olson won American Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
They will be taking on Boston College on Tuesday, which will wrap up a five-game homestand before their weekend series in Houston.
The Eagles are 11-23 this season, and against teams that both UConn and BC have faced, they are 3-2. UConn, on the other hand, is 1-5; however, the large disparity is due to the number of games each team played versus certain opponents. Both teams won all their games against Michigan State but lost to UMass and UCF, with the only matchup that generated a different result being Florida International University. BC defeated the Panthers 3-2; however, UConn lost to them 7-0.
Speedy leadoff hitter Lexi DiEmmanuele leads BC at the plate this season. She is No. 1 on the team with a .357 batting average, .900 OPS and 56 total bases. Her five triples are also tied for No. 7 in the country. Their lineup also contains Emme Martinez, who is No. 2 on the team in average and OPS while being No. 1 in RBI, and Gianna Boccagno, who leads the team with six home runs.
In the circle, the Eagles are vulnerable. Their top starting pitcher, Susannah Anderson, has a good but not great 3.52 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, earning her a 4-12 record. Every pitcher after her doesn’t have an ERA below 5.50, and there’s even one who is in double digits after appearing in eight games. In order for the Huskies to win this game, they will need to jump all over whoever the Eagles throw out there.
Jorge Eckardt is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.