USF softball hosts UConn for a 3-game series

Posted: April 8, 2016 in Softball
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The Bulls, 33-10 (5-1), are back in conference action as they host Uconn for three games (Friday and Saturday at 4 PM followed by 11 AM on Sunday). The Huskies enter the series at 13-12 (1-3 in conference play) and are just 2-9 away from home. USF went 1-1 last year against the Huskies, with the third game being cancelled. 

The Huskies are batting .252 as a team. Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.05 and opponents are batting .281 against them. The Bulls on the other side are batting .338 as a team and have a staff ERA of 2.74 (batting just .234 against them).

Uconn is led at the plate by senior short stop Lexi Gifford who is batting .293 with 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 19 RBIs, has scored 23 runs and leads the team with 8 steals in 12 attempts. Senior outfielder Alyssa Gardea is batting .287 with a home run, 11 RBIs, and has scored 14 runs on the year. Rounding out some of their top hitters is senior Alyson Ambler who is batting .275 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, has driven in 12 runs and has scored 14 more. The USF pitching staff, led by Erica Nunn, need to take care of business against a solid hitting club in Uconn. They can’t not allow them to string together a lot of hits an inning and get the scored flipped in their favor.

The Huskies staff is led by sophomore Chelsea Eckert who is 5-10 (4.27 ERA) and has thrown 77 innings, allowing 83 hits, 53 runs, allowing 42 walks and has struck out 45 batters. Another arm to watch is freshman Jill Stockley who is 4-8 (2.69 ERA) and has thrown 75.1 innings, allowing 93 hits, 43 runs, 20 walks, but has struck out 46 batters on the season.

The USF offense got back on track on Wednesday after their double header against Bethune Cookman. They should be ready for this series and could be poised to move up in the AAC win column.

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