Austin, Texas - An outstanding pitching performance from junior Wills Montgomerie (2-0) helped propel UConn to a 2-1 victory over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday afternoon at Disch-Falk Field.
Montgomerie picked up the victory with a stellar 6.1 inning outing, allowing just four hits and registering a career-high 13 strikeouts. The right-hander got into trouble in the first with runners at the corners and no one out. Montgomerie worked his way out of trouble without yielding a run and settled into his outing.
From the second inning through the fourth, Montgomerie struck out six of the seven batters that he faced. The career-high 13 strikeouts eclipsed Montgomerie's previous total (10), recorded last season on Feb. 27 against Austin Peay.
The UConn bats were stifled for the first few innings against Texas starter, Kyle Johnston. In the sixth, the Huskies mounted a rally. Anthony Prato pushed a bunt up the first base line and beat out the throw from Johnston. Susi quickly followed with a single through the left side to place base runners at first and second.
Isaac Feldstein delivered the clutch knock with a two-run double into the left center field gap, giving UConn its first lead of the weekend, 2-0.
John Russell locked down his second save of the season with an impressive 2.1 inning stint out of the pen. Russell came into the game in the seventh with runners on first and second and a two gone and coaxed Zane Gurwitz into a pop up to Prato to end the frame. After a 1-2-3 eighth inning, Russell got into trouble in the ninth but buckled down and retired the final two batters to finish off the Longhorns.
On Sunday, Doug Domnarski gets the start for the Huskies as they go for the series-win over the Longhorns at 1 p.m. ET. The game can be viewed on The Longhorn Network or heard on 91.7 FM or online at fm.whus.org.
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- UConn moves its all-time record to 2-3 against Texas. Notching the first win against Texas since the 1972 College World Series.
- The Huskies pitching staff logged a season-high 17 strikeouts
- Isaac Feldstein recorded his team-leading fourth double and now leads the team with seven RBI on the year. It is also the third multi-hit game of the season for Feldstein