PORT ST. LUCIE - The Huskies earned a doubleheader sweep against UMass Lowell on Saturday, defeating the River Hawks 7-3 in game one and 7-1 in game two. The sweep moved the Huskies to 3-0 on the season, it is the first time UConn has started 3-0 since 1988.
In game one, the Huskies capitalized on opportunities handed out by UMass Lowell. Lowell issued three walks, four hit-by-pitches, committed two errors and uncorked two wild pitches.
Offensively, freshman Anthony Prato logged his first multi-hit (two) and multi-RBI (two performance as a Husky. Even more impressively, Prato swiped three bags in the contest, including a steal of home in the fifth inning when Susi drew a throw from the catcher. It was the first time a Huskies player swiped three bases since Jack Sundberg swiped four bases on April 8, 2015 against Hartford
Wills Montgomerie (1-0) chalked up a quality start in his first outing of the year, working 6 innings, allowing two earned and striking out nine. Montgomerie gave up eight hits but was able to maneuver around multiple jams and limit the River Hawks.
The Huskies responded to a first inning run by the River Hawks with a two-spot in the bottom of the inning. Zac Susi tied the game with an RBI double down the left field line that plated Prato from first. It was the third extra-base hit for Susi this weekend.
Tyler Gnesda gave the Huskies the lead with an RBI single down the right field line.
The score remained 2-1 until the fifth, with runners on second and third Prato drilled a two-run single down the left field line to push the lead to 4-1.
The Huskies finished the contest being outhit 9-6.
The Huskies relied on newcomers in game two of the twin bill. Isaac Feldstein (2-4) belted a no doubt two-run homer in the third inning to extend the Huskies lead to 3-0. Feldstein cashed in another RBI late in the game to push his total to three for the ballgame.
Feldstein also made a fabulous grab in right field when he chased down a ball destined for the gap in the eighth and doubled off the runner from first base to end the frame.
Third baseman Conor Moriarty continued his brilliant first weekend with a career day at the plate. Moriarty hit his first collegiate long ball in the eighth inning to put the game to bed, pushing the lead to 7-1. Moriarty set new career-highs with his first three-hit performance, as well as, his first three-RBI game.
Freshman Mason Feole (1-0) notched his first career win after pitching six solid innings. Feole tossed five scoreless inning before issuing a run in the sixth. The southpaw limited the River Hawks to three hits and racked up seven punch-outs in the contest.
- Anthony Prato swiped three bags in game one of the doubleheader. It is the first time a UConn player stole three bases in a game since April 8, 2015 against Hartford.
- Huskies have their first 3-0 start since 1988