BOCA RATON, Fla – The UConn baseball team was felled by an 11th-inning walk-off home run in a 2-1 setback at Florida Atlantic on Saturday evening. The loss drops the Huskies to 0-2 on the year, while the Owls improve to 2-0 after taking the second game of the weekend series.
The Huskies received three hits from senior Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.), who started at catcher for the first time in his UConn career and scored Connecticut’s lone run. Both teams got excellent pitching in the tight contest and tallied only four hits apiece.
Sophomore starter Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) pitched brilliantly for Connecticut in the contest, taking a no decision after tossing seven innings of two-hit ball with one earned run, one walk and six strikeouts. For FAU, Drew Jackson hurled 6.1 innings and allowed a run on two hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.
The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead when they scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, Davey doubled to left center field, his first extra-base hit of the season. He then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball to put UConn ahead.
FAU responded in the next inning, tying the contest with an RBI groundout from CJ Chatham. Prior to a leadoff walk in the fifth, Kay had retired the previous nine Owl hitters. He finished his outing after a 1-2-3 seventh inning, giving way to the first appearance of the year for Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.).
Over faced the minimum in the bottom of the eighth, erasing a one-out single with a pickoff at first base. After striking out the first batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth, he was replaced by Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.). Darras, a submarine-style reliever and converted fielder making his first collegiate appearance on the mound, walked the first batter he faced before he induced a double-play ball to send the contest to extras.
Neither team could scratch across a run in the 10th, and after UConn went down in order in the top of the 11th Christian Dicks crushed the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th over the right field wall to give Florida Atlantic a walk-off victory.
The Huskies and Owls conclude their weekend series tomorrow with a 12 p.m. start at FAU Baseball Stadium. Redshirt senior Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) is scheduled to take the ball for UConn against FAU’s Robbie Coursel.