STORRS, Conn. - The UConn baseball team persevered to a 6-4 triumph over Cincinnati at J.O. Christian Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies victory forces a rubber game on Sunday at 12 p.m.
UConn (23-18, 8-6) responded to a devastating loss on Friday afternoon with a great start from usual Sunday starter Mason Feole. Feole found out hours before the ballgame that he would make the start with Wills Montgomerie missing because of injury.
Feole delivered 6.1 innings quality innings using a three-pitch mix of fastball, changeup and breaking ball. The left-hander tied a career-high with eight strikeouts and only yielded one earned run en route to his team-leading sixth win. The biggest moment of Feole's outing came in the sixth inning with a 4-1 lead the Bearcats loaded the bases for Manny Rodriguez. Feole struck out Rodriguez on a high-heater to end the threat.
The Huskies trailed early 1-0 before Isaac Feldstein launched a two-run home run to right field in the fourth inning to give UConn a 2-1 lead. The long ball was the fifth of the year for Feldstein and is the second-straight game that Feldstein has homered in this weekend.
The Huskies tacked on to the lead with two outs in the fifth on an RBI double from Willy Yahn down the left field line. Zac Susi quickly followed with an RBI single into center field to make it 4-1.
Up 4-2 in the seventh, the Huskies scored unconventionally to grab insurance runs. With Feldstein at the plate and runners on second and third the Bearcats opted to attempt to intentionally walk Feldstein. Instead, Yoakam sailed his first attempt to the backstop to bring Prato in from third.
John Toppa added a run on a well-executed safety squeeze to score Yahn from third and made it 6-2.
The situation became dicey in the eighth for the UConn bullpen after they struggled to throw strikes. The Bearcats quickly plated two runs and loaded the bases against Ryan Radue and Trevor Holmes. Closer John Russell came to the rescue with a strikeout of A.J. Bumpass and then started a 1-2-3 inning-ending double play to escape trouble and keep it 6-4 Huskies.
Russell finished the ballgame in the ninth, locking down his 12th save of the season. Russell finished the game allowing one hit in two innings and struck out three Bearcats.
- Zac Susi recorded his fourth three-hit game of the season and 15th multi-hit game of 2017.
- John Russell notched his conference-leading 12th save of the season. Russell recorded his ninth multiple-inning outing of the season.
- Isaac Feldstein has hit home runs in back-to-back games for the Huskies. The last Husky to hit round-trippers in back-to-back games was Joe DeRoche-Duffin against UCF on May 13 & 14, 2016.