The time was finally here, the University of Connecticut softball team made our first trip and opened our season in Boca Raton, Florida. We played five games between the 25th and 27th of February, against Jacksonville, Maryland, Kent State and Florida Atlantic University. This was especially an exciting time for the new little Huskies on the team, Andrea Huelsenbeck, Maddy Schiappa, Katelyn Callahan and myself, as it was our first road trip being a part of the Husky softball team.
Aside from the airlines eating a couple of our bags, we landed safely and went straight to work. That’s right, we had our first practice of the spring outside. Don’t get me wrong I’m sure everyone on the team agrees that we love the smell and the turf burn that comes along with practicing in Shenkmen, our indoor football facility. However, there was nothing more exciting than practicing with the team outside (eating at the Cheesecake Factory came in a close second).
Throughout the weekend of beautiful weather, we finished strong with two wins. The first was against Kent State with a final score of 14-5. After going down by four runs, our UCONN bats came alive. During the game, our offense was led by senior captain, Julie Towers, who ended the game by run-rule with an RBI triple. Defensively, junior pitcher Ali Adelman looked sharp keeping Kent State quiet, only allowing 2 earned runs. The second win came against Jacksonville on Sunday and was our strongest game by far. After being defeated by them on Friday, we came back with our “minds right” and got revenge. Our whole team contributed to a strong defensive game and Kiki Saveriano recorded the win on the mound.
Hopefully we can take this momentum into our next stretch of games. We will be traveling to Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. We look to keep building on the foundation we set during our first set of games and accept nothing but our best. As for me, I will keep carrying the miscellaneous bag with Maddy, try to get rid of my eye black tan lines, and do my best to stay out of potentially funny pictures with Coach Mullins.
Bring it on Georgia!