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By Michael Corasaniti
On April 26, 2012

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The UConn softball team does not have much time to rest after their road doubleheader against St. John's. They return home today for a one game set against the Hawks of the University of Hartford.

The Hawks (8-35, 3-9) should not prove to be Connecticut's toughest opponent of the season as the Huskies wrap up their non-conference schedule before Syracuse rolls into town this weekend for a three-game set.

Hartford has currently won four out of their past seven games after taking all three games in a set with the Retrievers of UMBC at home but then dropping a 3-4 extra inning affair to Quinnipiac. However, the Hawks had lost a whopping 23 games in a row, including seven games in which they were run-ruled. This is not to say in the slightest though the Hawks are lacking options that could provide some trouble for the Huskies in the one-game set.

On the mound for the hawks will be senior Binghamton, N.Y. native Siera Sheehan. Sheehan has been tough for the Hawks all season, including a pair of complete game victories against UMBC late last week. On the season, Sheehan has upheld a 4.16 era and earned seven wins.

At the plate, the Huskies will have to look out for the likes of freshman catcher Peyton Fisher, who is currently leading the team with a .270 batting average. Sophomore second baseman Amber Andrews should also prove to be a tough out this afternoon, as she has 33 hits and a .260 batting average to her name coming into the contest.

The Huskies though should have plenty of firepower in them to bounce back from a tough two-game set with St. John's.

The Huskies lost a heartbreaker in the first game of their set in New York when St. John's broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single up the middle by sophomore first baseman Jackie Reed. The win was critical for a St. John's team fighting for the Big East playoff lives.

However, with the likes of senior left fielder Amy Vaughn (.333 batting average, 12 home runs) leading the way at the plate and junior hurler Kiki Saveriano (2.98 era to go with her 11 wins) killing it on the mound, the Huskies should not have too much a problem bouncing back and taking care of Hartford as the season comes closer and closer to an end.

Today's contest against the in-state rival will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Burrill Family Field. The match-up will be UConn's last non-conference game of the year.

The Huskies will conclude their regular season this weekend with a three-game set against Syracuse in Storrs. The Huskies are working to hold on to the sixth spot in the Big East standings before the Big East Championship tournament begins next week. They have gone 4-7 since an April 7 win over Villanova, before which they had won 16 of 22. 

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