With the cooperation of weather conditions and effective grounds keeping, the UConn softball team will look to snap their current three-game losing streak against the University of Albany Wednesday in Albany, New York.
The Huskies (10-20, 0-3 American), whose game Tuesday against UMass at Amherst was postponed, are the first team to travel to the Albany’s campus for a game this season. UConn, a team still yet to play a home game this season, will be taking on a well-rested Albany squad that has not played a game since March 17 thanks to a series of weather cancellations.
The Great Danes of Albany (12-7), who begin their America East schedule against Maine on April 3, have been led from the mound by two freshmen so far this season in Devin Durando and Erynn Sobieski. Durando has posted a 3.21 ERA in nine appearances, while Sobieski holds a 3.31 ERA in her eight showings. Both starters have found very different ways to fool hitters in their opening collegiate seasons with Durando ringing up 53 strikeouts in 43.2 innings of work. Sobieski on the other hand has only struck out 24 batters in 42.1 innings pitched, but has still found considerable success keeping her Great Danes in games.
This trip to Albany serves as UConn as a break from conference play before picking back up against the USF Bulls in the team’s home opener at Burrill Family Field on Friday. The Huskies began conference play with three losses on the road to UCF in a series in which the Huskies only managed to score three runs. The lone Husky standout at the plate was sophomore Dominique Pinto, who recorded three hits in nine at-bats in the series.
Senior Emily O’Donnell has proven all season why she is the team’s game day captain, leading the team with a .330 batting average and 19 RBIs. Junior Alyssa Gardea ranks second on the team with a .275 batting average, but the Huskies as a whole could use an increase in offensive production from some struggling bats.
Only four Huskies have a batting average exceeding .233, production that will hopefully improve to help UConn’s chances of competing in the American.
First pitch between the Huskies and Albany will be at 3:30 p.m. today in Albany, with other postponed games now finding official makeup dates.
UConn’s game against Boston College has been rescheduled for April 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Burrill Family Field after being postponed on March 26. Preceding that though will be the team’s home opener against USF on Friday, which will be a double-header beginning at 1 p.m.