NEW ORLEANS –The UConn baseball team dropped a heartbreaker on Saturday afternoon at Tulane, losing 6-5 in 12 innings.
The Huskies (19-14. 6-3) led 5-3 going to the ninth but back-to-back home runs for the Green Wave tied the game against UConn closer John Russell. The Husky hurler was trying to complete the nine-out save after entering the game in the seventh. Russell registered eight strikeouts, a career-high out of the pen.
For the fifth-straight game, the Huskies scored first, posting a three spot in the first inning. Troy Stefanski and Willy Yahn kick started the inning with back-to-back singles, setting up an RBI fielder’s choice for Zac Susi and RBI groundout for Isaac Feldstein. John Toppa followed with a bullet RBI double in the left center field gap.
Starting pitccer Mason Feole threw the ball well, mixing in his fastball and off speed pitches. The left-hander pitched 5.2 innings allowed five hits, two runs and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts.
Ryan Radue came on in the sixth inning for Feole, with a pair of runners on base and two outs. Radue recorded a strikeout to end the threat and keep the Huskies in front, 3-2.
UConn picked up a pair of insurance runs in the seventh off a Tulane miscue. With runners on second and third, Yahn drew a throw to second that went in to center field allowing two runs to come across and extend the lead to 5-2.
The Huskies nearly took the lead back in the top of the 11th. With Keith Krueger on second base and two outs, Chris Winkel lined a single into right field for a base-hit, Krueger tried to score from second but was gunned out by right fielder Grant Witherspoon.
Tulane walked off in the bottom of the 12th inning on an RBI single from Grant Brown. Troy Stefanski came up firing from left field but the ball skipped over Susi’s mitt on a bang-bang play at the plate.
The Huskies will be home for their next contest on Monday, April 17 when they host Quinnipiac at 3 p.m.
Huskies move to 1-1 on the year in extra-inning games. 12 innings is the most UConn has played since last year at Cincinnati on April 8, 2016 when the Huskies played 13 innings against the Bearcats.
Willy Yahn recorded his second three-hit game of the season on Saturday.
The Huskies losing streak moves to a season-high four games.
UConn lost its first game this season when leading after eight innings. (16-1)