GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Huskies battled to a gutsy 3-2 win in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon against No. 16/25 East Carolina.
In an emotional game, UConn (15-9, 2-0 American) put forth a resilient effort to pull out the contest and win the first two games of the series.
Trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning, Anthony Prato made a diving stop at shortstop and caught the base runner, T.J. Riles, off third base. Prato froze Riles, tossed to Yahn who threw home to Susi to tag out the base runner. With a collision at home plate, words were exchanged and the benches cleared for both sides.
After sides settled down the Huskies began their comeback. Keith Krueger led off the eighth with a single back up the middle. Prato quickly followed with a four-pitch walk.
After Yahn bunted both runners over on a well-executed sacrifice, the Huskies had the tying-run at third and go-ahead run at second with one down.
Zac Susi came through with a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the ballgame, 1-1. Senior Tyler Gnesda followed with a clutch two-out RBI single to give the Huskies their first lead of the day, 2-1.
The Pirates fought back in the ninth, scoring the tying-run on a wild pitch with two outs forcing the game to extras. The extra-inning affair was the first of the season for UConn
Once again, Susi came through with a clutch knock for the Huskies. His two-out RBI single in the 10th lifted the Huskies to a 3-2 advantage. Susi, in the past week, has provided two go-ahead hits in the eighth inning or later for UConn (Seton Hall 4/24, ECU 4/1).
After grabbing his eighth save of the season on Friday, John Russell entered the game in the 10th and locked down his ninth save of the season.
Ryan Radue earned his first win of the season, pitching two innings of relief for UConn.
Starting pitcher, Wills Montgomerie, pitched well for Connecticut. Logging seven innings of work, only giving up one run and striking out six.
The Huskies earned their first-ever series win against East Carolina in program history. The series win is the first top 25 series win since April 10-12, 2015 at No. 12 UCF when the Huskies took two of three from UCF.
UConn has the opportunity to go for the sweep Sunday, April 2 at noon.
UConn collects its first top 25 series win since April 10-12, 2015 at No. 12 UCF. The Huskies won two out of three in that series.
The Huskies captured their first series win against East Carolina. (First in 11 series opportunities).
Zac Susi collected his 11th and 12th RBI in the seventh inning or later this season.
Ryan Radue earned his first win of the season on Saturday. He is tied for team lead with 12 appearances.
UConn won its second game this season when trailing after seven.
The 3-2 victory moves the Huskies to 5-5 in one-run games this season.
UConn played its first extra-inning game this season. The Huskies went 2-3 last season.