HAMMOND, La. - The Huskies dropped their series opener against Southeastern Louisiana, 6-2, on Friday night at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
The Lions capitalized with four of their six runs coming off batters reaching via a walk or hit by pitch. The Huskies issued six walks and one hit by pitch in the contest.
The Lions got on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out RBI double off the bat of cleanup hitter Mike Taylor. With a tight strike zone in the first, UConn starter Tim Cate had to throw 29 pitches to get through the frame.
Cate finished the night pitching five innings, allowing four hits, two earned, three walks and six strikeouts.
The Huskies tied the game in the third after back-to-back singles from John Toppa and Mike Woodworth. Both runners made a great read on a ball in the dirt to move up to second and third. Anthony Prato brought Toppa home on a high chopper to third that was mishandled by the Southeastern third baseman.
The Lions retook the lead in the fifth and added a pair of runs in the sixth to take a 4-1 advantage.
Postgame Interview: Head Coach Jim Penders after tonight's 6-2 defeat.https://t.co/McqhqrC3jl
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The Huskies threated a comeback attempt in the eighth inning with Zac Susi driving in Toppa on an RBI single. With runners at the corners and one out, a strikeout and ground out ended the threat for the Huskies.
UConn hopes to recover tomorrow in a doubleheader to close out the series. First pitch of game one begins at 3 p.m. EST. The second game will start 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first. Mason Feole and Chase Gardner are the probable starters for UConn.
Tonight's five hits was a season-low for the Huskies and first time this season the team did not reach the double-digit hit mark.
The Huskies 5-9 hitters went a combined 0-19 at the plate.
The Lions lead the nation in stolen bases and swiped six bags on Friday.
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