Austin, Texas - A three-run fourth inning was the difference for the UConn baseball team in a 4-1 loss in the series-opener against the University of Texas on Friday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
UConn (3-2) was only able to muster four hits against the Longhorns staff. The Huskies put together a rally in the seventh inning with Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) leading off the frame with a base hit to right. Isaac Feldstein followed with a double to the gap to place runners on second and third and nobody out. Senior Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) nearly hit a three-run homer down the right field line but came up just short, resulting in a sacrifice fly to pull the Huskies within three, 4-1.
UConn starter Tim Cate (Manchester, Conn.) got off to a great start for the Huskies, logging three scoreless innings and notching five strikeouts. In the fourth, Cate gave up a two-run long ball to Kacy Clemens and shortly after had to depart with shoulder spasms.
The UConn bullpen fared well, giving up one run in 4.1 innings of work. Senior Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wisc.) pitched 2.1 innings, allowing just two hits, and struck out three. Dan Rajkowski and P.J. Poulin each threw scoreless innings of relief.
The Huskies attempt to knot up the series tomorrow with RHP Wills Montgomerie getting the ball for the Huskies. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and can be viewed on The Longhorn Network and heard on 91.7 WHUS or online at whus.org.
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- UConn drops to 1-3 all-time against the Longhorns
- Feldstein, Prato and Susi have all reached base in safely in all five contests
- Four hits tonight are the fewest in a game this season for the Huskies