CINCINNATI - Despite allowing just two hits, the UConn baseball team fell, 3-2, to Cincinnati on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Marge Schott Stadium. Connecticut drops to 13-15 overall with the loss, while the Bearcats move to 16-15 in 2016.
Freshman LHP Tim Cate (Manchester, Conn.) did not factor in the decision despite allowing just two runs (one earned) in a career-best 6.2 innings of work with five strikeouts. Cate allowed just one hit during the outing.
Junior OF Keith Krueger (Las Vegas, Nev.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored at the top of the Husky lineup, while senior SS Bryan Daniello posted his seventh multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Huskies struck first, putting two runs on the board in the top of the fourth. After Krueger and Yahn opened the frame with back-to-back base knocks, Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) registered his 23rd RBI of the season with a sac fly to centerfield before Daniello drove him Yahn with a sharp single into right field.
Cincinnati cut the Husky lead to 2-1 in home half of the fourth, scoring an unearned run on a wild pitch. The Bearcats knotted the game up at 2-2 in the seventh without the benefit of a hit, pushing across the tying run on an RBI, bases-loaded groundout off the bat of Kyle Mottice.
The Bears scored the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the eighth, executing a safety squeeze with one out.
The two teams conclude the weekend series on Sunday with a first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.