JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – After falling behind 5-0 in the first inning the No. 24 baseball team battled back to tie the game in the seventh inning but eventually fell 6-5 at UNF on Saturday afternoon.
The Ospreys got to UConn starter Mason Feole with five two-out RBIs in the opening frame. The UConn lefty’s pitch rose near 50 pitches in the first but the Wakefield, R.I. native rebounded to throw five scoreless innings after the first inning and keep the Huskies in the game.
UConn broke out the bats in the third with five-consecutive hits with one out. John Toppa drove in Conor Moriarty on an RBI single to get the Huskies on the board. After back-to-back singles from Stefanski and Prato, junior Zac Susi stroked a two-run single to left to get the Huskies within two.
The game remained the same until the seventh when Moriarty drilled a two-run homer to even the score at 5. It is the second home run of the season for Moriarty.
Jeff Kersten came out of the pen in the seventh and kept the game tied until the eighth inning. With two outs and a runner at third Kersten looked like he had gotten out of the inning on a ground ball to first base but a poor feed from Chris Winkel got away and allowed the go-ahead run to score.
The Huskies couldn’t muster up a run in the ninth and their three-game winning streak was snapped. UConn looks to win the series tomorrow beginning at 12:05 p.m.
Zac Susi recorded his team leading second three-hit effort.
John Toppa’s RBI single in the third inning extended his team leading hit streak to seven games. Toppa has reached base in all eight games this season from the leadoff spot.
Anthony Prato recorded his team leading sixth multi-hit game with a pair of hits on Saturday.
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