Storrs, Conn. – UConn hosts the Saint Joseph’s Hawks for a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday.
The Huskies (33-14) are coming off a midweek win over Boston College and a series sweep of Seton Hall last weekend. UConn currently sits first in the BIG EAST standings with an 18-3 conference record this season. The Huskies have a chance to clinch the BIG EAST regular season title this weekend pending the results of further action around the BIG EAST this weekend. UConn has been red-hot winning 15 of its last 16 games. Over those 16 games, the Huskies have a collective batting average of .303, scoring 112 runs, with 34 extra hits.
UConn has been a problem for opposing teams on base runs all season. They currently rank second in the NCAA with 117 stolen bases on the season. The Huskies are a threat to run every time they go up. They are led by a trio at the head of the order in Briana Marcelino, Reese Guevarraand Lexi Hastings. All three broke the previous season’s stolen bases record set by Jen Ward in 2012 with 25. Marcelino leads the trio with 34 stolen bases, followed by Hastings with 28 and Guevarra with 26.
The pitching staff has found its groove in conference play. They currently lead the BIG EAST in strikeouts with 319 this season. In that 16-game streak, the Staff hold a 1.83 ERA, with 133 strikeouts, and hold opposing hitters to a .195 batting average. The Huskies have a three-headed monster in Elise Sokolsky, Marybeth Olsonand Meghan O’Neil. Sokolsky currently leads the BIG EAST with 19 wins and 152 strikeouts. The three will look to continue their dominance in the final five games of the regular season.
Saint Joseph’s (19-20) is coming off a win at Lehigh in midweek. The Hawks are led by senior Jordan Hinkle who leads the Hawks with a .333 batting average, 46 hits and 20 RBIs.
The first match of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon Saturday. The second game will follow the end of the first game. The game will be a special Bark in the Park game where fans can bring dogs into the stadium to enjoy the game. Fans are encouraged to bring non-stretch leashes and a copy of their rabies vaccine. Wings of Freedom Animal Rescue will also be present with puppies available for adoption.
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