STORRS, Conn. - Freshman LHP Tim Cate (Manchester, Conn.) fired a career-best 7.0 innings of one run ball to propel the UConn baseball team over No. 30 Houston, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the series-clinching victory, Connecticut moves to 18-15 and 4-3 in American Athletic Conference play, while Houston falls to 20-14 overall.
UConn is the midst of a season-best five-game win streak and moves to 8-2 on its home diamond in 2016.
Cate collected his first career win, going 7.0 innings and allowing just one run on three hits with six strikeouts. Freshman RHP Randy Polonia (Stamford, Conn.) notched his team-leading sixth save of the season, finishing off the final 2.0 innings with four punch-outs.
Senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) led the charge at the plate, finishing 1-for-3 with a run scored and his team-leading seventh home run of the season. Senior SS Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while sophomore 3B Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) collected two hits in four at-bats with an RBI.
The Cougars jumped out to a 1-0 lead after half an inning, taking advantage of a sacrifice bunt and a pair of wild pitches in the frame.
Connecticut pulled even in the home half of the second, scoring one run on two hits. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) worked a two-out walk, stole second, and advanced to third after John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) reached on an error by the third baseman. Next up, Husky catcher Alex LeFevre (Mansfield, Conn.) ripped a single up the middle to plate Daniello and register his 16th RBI of the 2016 season.
DeRoche-Duffin gave the Huskies their first lead of the ballgame, lifting a towering two-run home run over the hedges in left to put the score at 3-1 in favor of the Huskies. The Huskies added an insurance run in the seventh when Yahn ripped an RBI single into left.
The two programs conclude the weekend series on Sunday, April 17 at 12 p.m.