Storrs, Conn. - The Huskies secured a 6-2 victory in the series opener against Memphis on Friday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
Between spurts of rain, the Huskies received another stellar outing from sophomore left-hander Tim Cate. Cate worked seven innings against the Tigers, allowed just five hits, gave up two runs and struck out 10. Cate notched his second-straight win and third total in 2017.
Toppa gave the Huskies their first lead of the day in the fifth. After a bases loaded balk tied the game up 2-2, Toppa came through with a two-out, two-strike, two-run single to move the Huskies ahead 4-2.
Zac Susi added to the lead in the seventh with his second home run of the season. With the wind blowing out to right, the two-run shot was a no doubter off the bat. The long ball gave UConn a 6-2 advantage.
Dan Rajkowski (New Canaan, Conn.) closed the game out with two innings of relief for UConn. It was the fourth time this season that Rajkowski has thrown two innings or more.
Willy Yahn collected his third-straight multi hit game and has compiled nine multi-hit games on the season. The third baseman tripled in the third after Tyler Webb tried to make a diving catch in center field. Susi drove in Yahn from third on an RBI groundout to first base to knot the game up, 1-1.
The Huskies attempt to win the series on a Saturday with Wills Montgomerie on the mound for the Huskies. First pitch is slotted for 1 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.
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- With the victory, the Huskies move to 4-0 in conference play this season. The last time the Huskies began conference play with four wins was back in 2012 when the team was in the Big East (WVU (3), Seton Hall).
- John Toppa notched his second-straight multi-hit game for UConn, he now has three multi-hit efforts.
- Zac Susi hit his second home run, drove in three and recorded three hits on Friday. Susi leads the team with 10 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games.
- Willy Yahn (7), Zac Susi (7) and Anthony Prato (8) all extended their respective hitting streaks on Friday.