April 8, 2017
Storrs, Conn. -- Behind seven hitless innings from its bullpen and a season-high 15 hits, UConn came back to beat Memphis, 10-7, to clinch a series-win at J.O. Christian Field on Saturday.
The Huskies (18-10, 5-0) came to bat in the bottom of the first inning down 4-0 after the Tigers scored four runs on four hits.
UConn responded with five runs against Memphis starter Drew Crosby. Isaac Feldstein crushed a bases-clearing double to left center field to score Anthony Prato, Willy Yahn and Zac Susi.
With two on and two outs, Alex LeFevre (Mansfield Center, Conn.) hit a hot shot to third base, Zach Schritenthal backhanded it but his throw got away from the first baseman and allowed two runs to come in for the Huskies. The error gave the Huskies a 5-4 lead in the first.
Memphis countered with two runs in the second and a run in the third to take a 7-5 lead.
CJ Dandeneau (2-0) picked up the win with a career-high three innings pitched, with zero hits allowed and two strikeouts.
The Huskies grabbed the lead back in the fifth with a three-run inning. Keith Krueger (Las Vegas, Nev.) lined an RBI single off the glove of the third baseman to make it a 7-6. With one down and the bases loaded sophomore Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) stepped to the plate and shot a go-ahead two-run double down the left field line to make it 8-7 UConn.
Doug Domnarski (Pawcatuck, Conn.) ate up two scoreless innings for the Huskies and was able to bridge the gap to closer John Russell. Russell secured the six out save to notch his 10th save of the season.
The Huskies gave Russell insurance in the eighth, extending the lead to 10-7. Chris Winkel (Orange, Conn.) stroked an RBI double down the left field line. After a LeFevre sac bunt, Krueger executed a suicide squeeze to move the lead to three.
The Huskies try to grab the sweep against the Tigers on Sunday, April 9 at 11 a.m.. LHP Mason Feole makes the start for UConn on the hill.
- John Russell becomes the sixth UConn pitcher to record double digit saves in a season. Russell is ahead of Kevin Vance's 13 save season in 2011.
- UConn starts conference play 5-0 for the first time since 2003.
- The Huskies recorded a season-high 15 hits.
- The Huskies are now 8-6 when the opponent scores first this season.
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