Connecticut is the #2 seed at the Clemson regiona and will face Coastal Carolina Friday afternoon. The Huskies are 41-17-1 including a 22-5 mark in the Big East. They have won 31 of their last 38 games.
The Huskies will start ace righthander Matt Barnes Friday afternoon. He’s 11-3 with a 1.12 ERA. UConn has a team ERA of 2.85. The closer, Kevin Vance, has 13 saves with an ERA of 0.98.
Offensively, the Huskies are known for their speed. They are among the nation’s top base stealers with 122 in 160 attempts. The theft leader also is their top hitter. Outfielder George Springer has 31 steals in 38 attempts. He’s batting .361 with 12 homers and 74 RBIs. He had a 21 game hitting streak during the season.
Connecticut coach Jim Penders is in his 8th season. He has taken the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons. He was the Big East coach of the year last season. And by the way, he’s the nephew of University of Houston basketball coach Tom Penders.