STORRS, Conn. - The Huskies are able to breathe a sigh of relief after a 4-3 walk-off win against Quinnipiac on Monday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
The Huskies (20-14) entered this afternoon's contest in the midst of a season-high four game losing streak and had to grind to their 20th victory of the season.
Jack Lambrecht drove an RBI double over the head of Quinnipiac right fielder Liam Scafariello to walk-off the Huskies for the first time this season.
The Huskies received a solid performance from starting pitcher Ronnie Rossomando. The right-hander delivered a quality start with a six-inning performance that included a career-high seven strikeouts. Rossomando worked from ahead in the count with solid fastball command.
Quinnipiac squeaked a run across in the first with a double steal. With runners on the corners and two outs, Matt Batten took off for second, Alex LeFevre attempted to throw out Batten at second but the throw was late and allowed the runner from third to come home and score.
The Huskies took the lead in the second on the two-run homer from Isaac Feldstein. The UConn right fielder muscled a towering fly ball into a stiff wind pushing in from left field to record his third home run of the season and give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
After a Stefanski RBI groundout in the third inning, the game remained 3-1 until the sixth inning. Ben Gibson worked a 10-pitch battle against Rossomando, eventually looping a two-run single to left center field to tie the game, 3-3.
Sam Nepiarsky (1-0) earned the win for the Huskies with three scoreless innings out of the pen. The right-hander got into trouble in the eighth after a leadoff double. With a runner at third and one out, Willy Yahn made a great sliding stop at third to hold the runner at third. Nepiarsky then recorded his second strikeout of his outing to end the inning.
In the ninth, John Toppa reached on a hit by pitch to begin the inning. Toppa advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Feldstein. An intentional walk and fly out to left set up the scenario for Lambrecht. Lambrecht drove the ball deep into right field to score Toppa from second to win it 4-3.
The Huskies spilled out of the third base dugout and mobbed Lambrecht after he had reached the second base bag. It is the first walk off win for the Huskies since last season on March 26, 2016 against Columbia
The Huskies are right back at it on Tuesday, April 18 against UMass at 3 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field. P.J. Poulin makes the start for the Huskies.
- The Huskies record their first walk-off win since March 26, 2016 against Columbia
- Sam Nepiarsky has thrown 8.2 innings of scoreless relief over the course of his last five appearances.
- The Huskies are 9-6 when the opponent scores first.
- Ronnie Rossomando registered a career-high seven strikeouts in six innings of work.
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