NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Sophomore OF Troy Stefanski delivered a walk-off single through the right side in the bottom of the ninth to propel the UConn baseball team to a 3-2 win over William & Mary in a neutral-site game on Saturday at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif. With the win, Connecticut pushed its winning-streak to three-straight moves to 8-4 overall, while the Tribe drop to 6-9.
With the victory, the Huskies move to 3-0 all-time against the Tribe and have won six of their last eight games.
Stefanski was the lone Husky to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of RBIs. Senior SS Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) scored a pair of runs and collected a key ninth-inning double in the victory.
Freshman LHP Tim Cate (Manchester, Conn.) shined in his first collegiate start, tossing 6.0 innings of one-run ball with a career-best 11 strikeouts. The 11 punch-outs marked a single-game season-best for the Husky hurlers in 2016. In total, the UConn pitching staff racked up 17 strikeouts during the contest, the most in one game since 2012 (21 vs. Cincinnati, 5/8).
For just the second time this season, an opponent struck first when the Tribe jumped out to a 1-0 edge in the sixth, scoring an unearned run on a two-out Connecticut miscue.
Connecticut took its first lead of the game in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. After a pair of errors and a hit-by-pitch, Stefanski picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice before Daniello scampered home a play later on a Stefanski stolen base.
After William & Mary scratched across the game-tying run in the top of the ninth, UConn walked off with the win after Daniello doubled to open the frame and came around to score on a sharp single through the right side for Stefanski.
Cate worked out a jam in the fifth, stranding two runners in scoring position with his 10th strikeout of the game.
Randy Polonia (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory out of the bullpen.
The Huskies round out weekend play on Sunday with a doubleheader against host-school CSUN. First pitch in game one of the twin-bill is set for 1 p.m. ET.
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