Huskies travel to Florida for Strike-out Cancer Tournament
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 22:02
After rain muddied up the schedule in Miami last weekend, the UConn softball team is hoping for sunnier skies in Boca Raton, Fla. this weekend at the Florida Atlantic University Strike-Out-Cancer Tournament.
While originally scheduled to play five games, the Huskies only played four due to inclement weather in last weekend’s tournament at Florida International University. They successfully defeated Morehead State, split a pair with Binghamton and lost one to Florida International, giving them a 2-2 record to start off the season.
At this weekend’s tournament the team will face five teams over the span of three days, barring any additional weather complications.
First up in the tournament are Towson (4-6) and Florida Atlantic (3-6), with the games currently scheduled to take place later today. On Saturday, they will face Northern Illinois (3-2) and Big East-rival Providence (0-0). The tournament will conclude on Sunday when the team takes on North Florida (8-3).
The last time UConn and Florida Atlantic met, the Huskies fell 3-0 in a tough loss at the FAU Tournament last season. However, the last time UConn and Providence met, Connecticut walked away with a 10-0 victory after a five-inning mercy rule win last April in Storrs.
All eyes will be on freshman Alyson Ambler, who had an impressive performance on the mound in Miami. Ambler played a pivotal role in both of the team’s wins last weekend, pitching 8.0 innings to give the team their first win as well as relieving Saveriano and earning the save in their second win.
The Huskies will also be hoping for a strong performance again from junior Maddy Schiappa at the plate. Schiappa went 9-for-14 (.643) at FIU last weekend, the best of anyone on the team.
Coach Karen Mullins indicated last week that the first three tournaments in February would serve as an opportunity for the team to find a level of cohesiveness that will give them success throughout the season. Mullins believed that finally having time playing on the grass would help get the team “in sync,” and as they played more games their overall performance would improve.
The forecast for this weekend shows nothing but warm temperatures and clear skies in the Sunshine State; so weather-based postponements should be virtually non-existent. The Huskies are anticipating that these predications will be matched in reality as they look to continue into their second weekend of the season.