After getting swept by conference foe Houston this past weekend, the UConn softball team will look to right the ship against CCSU on Tuesday.
The Huskies (15-24, 4-8 The American) are amidst a five-game losing skid and did not score more than one run in four of the five games. However, because of the pitching staff’s work on the mound, they have been in all but one of the five games.
For UConn to win games, it needs to show up offensively. The Huskies have won just one game all year long when scoring two or fewer runs. As a whole, the UConn offense has averaged 4.09 runs per game and the pitching staff has allowed 3.43 runs per game.
The CCSU Blue Devils (15-17, 2-6 NEC) profile as an offensive-minded team with a strong lineup at the top. They feature four different .300 hitters who get consistent playing time. They have hit 25 home runs in 32 games, and they average 5.28 runs per game.
Two of the main cogs in the CCSU lineup are infielder Sydney Bolan and catcher Rian Eigenmann.
Bolan has slashed .320/.425/.670 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs while scoring 15 times herself. The sophomore will strike out, as she has whiffed in 19 percent of her at-bats thus far but has taken 17 free passes as well. She is not the only one susceptible to the strike out, as the team as a whole goes down at nearly an 18 percent rate.
Eigenmann has also provided a spark for the Blue Devil offense, slashing .333/.397/.491 with three home runs and 22 RBIs. While she has average power, she is an extra base threat with her speed. The catcher has nine doubles and is a weapon on the base paths, as she has stolen 16 bases thus far.
This is a team who will be aggressive on the base paths, as they have attempted 49 steals this season and swiped 43 of them, for an 87.8 percent success rate.
The CCSU pitching staff leaves much to be desired, as they have combined for a 4.63 ERA. They have walked more batters than they have struck out, as they have walked 141 compared to just 130 strikeouts. They have limited the long ball, however, giving up just 0.4 per game.
The first pitch will be thrown at 4 p.m. at Burrill Family Field on Tuesday.
Mike Mavredakis is a campus correspondent for the Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.