NEW ORLEANS - The UConn baseball team dropped its first conference game of the season, 8-3, to Tulane on Thursday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
The Huskies grabbed the early lead in the second on an RBI single from Keith Krueger. Krueger spoiled a couple two-strike pitches before shooting a single into left field to plate John Toppa from second base.
For the second-straight game, the Huskies were crippled by a big inning. The Green Wave scored seven runs in the third inning to take a 7-1 lead. With the score 2-1 and two outs in the inning, an error, followed by a lost pop up that dropped, led to five runs being scored and placing the Huskies in a deep hole.
Troy Stefanski was a bright spot for the Huskies, contributing two hits and throwing out a runner at the plate in the eighth inning on a potential sac fly to left field.
Jack Lambrecht stroked a two-run double to left field in the eighth to make the score 8-3. The double was the first of Lambrecht's career.
The UConn bats ended the night outhitting Tulane 10-9 but were unable to string hits together, leaving 11 runners on base.
On the mound, Trevor Holmes, Jacob Wallace and Andrew Zapata all recorded scoreless frames out of the bullpen. Holmes only needed six pitches to get through the sixth. Wallace was impressive with a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Zapata worked around a lead off hit-by-pitch and was aided by the great defensive play by Stefanski.
The loss ends the 12-game regular season conference win streak for the Huskies. UConn tries to even up the series Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Huskies loss snaps a 12-game conference regular season win streak.
Troy Stefanski recorded his second multi-hit game of the season
Tim Cate lost for just the third time in his career. It is the first time he has lost to a team not coached by David Pierce (2016-Tulane, 2017-Texas)
Jack Lambrecht recorded his first career double on Thursday night