Huskymania

By Ken Best

Tracking Huskymania on and off the field.

Ready for Some Football? Blue and White Game on Saturday

The new design for the football team's uniforms introduced on Thursday included a new helmet. (Peter Morenus/UConn)

The new design for the football team’s uniforms introduced on Thursday included a new helmet. (Peter Morenus/UConn)

The annual Blue vs. White game on Saturday signals the end of spring football practice and the first opportunity for Huskies fans to get a preview of the 2013 edition of the football team.

Rentschler Field in East Hartford will open at 9 a.m. for parking, with stadium gates opening at 10:30 a.m. for the noontime kickoff. Parking and admission are free.

“As a coach you like to see a high level of execution all the time. You like to see fundamentals and technique and guys who know what to do and do it right consistently,” head coach Paul Pasqualoni told reporters earlier this week. “That’s what spring ball is about. You try to get to know everybody and what their dependability level is.”

Pasqualoni said the coaching staff is working well with the team, spending as much time as possible with their players.

“We’ve got a situation where we’re maximizing every coach on the staff, which as a head coach is what you want. Every coach is contributing and making an impact [on the team],” he said.

Answering a question about the progress of the offensive and defensive lines, Pasqualoni said, “They’re working hard. I think there’s urgency up front. They’re running the ball better. They’re communicating at a higher level. We’ve got guys who are a little more comfortable and confident with each other, which is a big part of playing on the offensive and defensive line.  I think we’re ahead there.”

Concerning the linebackers, he said Ryan Donahue ’14 (CLAS) is emerging as a vocal leader for the team, while Brandon Steg ’15 (CLAS) has demonstrated his improved skill and is ready to see playing time after being on the scout team for the past two years.

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UConn’s varsity eight and novice eight boats defeated UMass in Northampton, Mass., on Wednesday.

The Huskies’ varsity eight posted a time of 6:14.37 while UMass was 6:17.94. The novice eight race was won by UConn in 6:42.38 while UMass was 6:44.59.

The Huskies are back in the water on Sunday when they travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross and Boston College.

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Predictions for inclement weather this weekend has changed the starting time for the baseball games against South Florida this weekend.

Tonight’s game at New Britain Stadium has been moved up to 4 p.m. Tickets are still available for $5.  Sunday’s weekend finale against the Bulls has been changed to a noon start.

The Huskies’ game at Sacred Heart, which was postponed on March 13, will be a home game at J.O. Christian Field on April 30 at 3:30 p.m.

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The softball team got back on a winning track with two consecutive wins this week, an 11-2 win at Rhode Island on Wednesday and 5-2 win over Bryant yesterday.

Against URI, the Huskies banged out 15 hits, including a 4-for-5 day for freshman catcher Jacklyn Dubois ’16 (CLAS). Lauren Duggan ’15 (CLAS) earned the win, improving to 4-4 on the season.  In the Bryant game, UConn had seven hits, including a pinch-hit double by Marissa Guches ’13 (CLAS) that gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead that they would not relinquish. Kiki Saveriano ’13 (CLAS) picked up the win and is now 12-10 on the year.

The Huskies, who improved to 19-20 on the season, are back at Burrill Family Field against St. John’s in a doubleheader tomorrow, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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New uniform designs for all Husky teams were introduced on Thursday at Gampel Pavilion. (Peter Morenus/UConn)

New uniform designs for all Husky teams were introduced on Thursday at Gampel Pavilion. (Peter Morenus/UConn)