GREENVILLE, N.C. - Despite allowing just three hits, the UConn baseball team dropped a 3-2 rubber game to No. 20 East Carolina on Sunday, April 24 at Clark-LeClair Stadium. With the setback, Connecticut moves to 21-18 overall and 6-5 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Pirates jump to 26-14 in 2016.
Sophomore RHP Wills Montgomerie (3-2) took the loss despite allowing just three hits and three runs over a career-long 7.0 innings of work. The Husky righty retired the final 12 batters he faced and notched six strikeouts in his outing. Jacob Wolfe (5-3) picked up the win for the Pirates, allowing two earned runs in 7.2 innings of work.
Six different Huskies recorded hits at the dish, including a 1-for-3 performance from senior SS Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.), who reached twice in four plate appearances. Junior 2B Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) finished the after 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in the setback.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first, plating a run on an RBI groundout after Parker Lamm opened the inning with a double to left and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. UConn answered half an inning later, knotting the game up at one. Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) worked a one-out walk, advanced to third on a Daniello double, and came around to score on a sac fly off the bat of Buckley.
Connecticut grabbed its first leaf of the afternoon in the third. Hill opened the inning with a bunt single, stole second, and came around to score on a groundout to shortstop by Yahn.
ECU moved ahead, 3-2, in the fourth after a two-run homer to left from Travis Watkins.
The Husky pitching staff did not allow a baserunner over the final five innings, sending down the last 15 batters it faced.
Connecticut resumes non-conference play on Tuesday, April 26 when it travels to Worcester, Mass. to challenge Holy Cross. A complete preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Monday.