STORRS, Conn. - Behind a gutsy pitching performance from Wills Montgomerie the Huskies claimed a series win over Cincinnati 3-2 on Sunday at J.O. Christian Field.
The normal Saturday starter for the Huskies, Montgomerie, pushed to Sunday because of a hurt left ankle pitched six scoreless innings for the Huskies, allowed just three hits and struck out nine batters.
Montgomerie's ninth punch-out ended the top of the sixth with the tying run in scoring position. The strikeout was the 200th of Montgomerie's career, making him the 10th UConn pitcher to accomplish the feat.
Offense was tough to come by for both teams on Sunday with a pitcher's duel between Montgomerie and Bearcat's starter Andrew Zellner. The Huskies plated a run in the first against Zellner on an RBI single from Isaac Feldstein. Feldstein recorded seven RBI's in the series after homering on Friday and Saturday.
Willy Yahn reached three times going 1-3 with a hit by pitch and a walk. Yahn scored all three runs for the Huskies.
The Huskies received a major performance from P.J. Poulin out of the bullpen. The sophomore pitched three innings of relief and recorded his first career save. The left-hander came up big in the top of the 7th inning with the bases loaded and nobody out. Leading 2-0, Poulin averted trouble with a weak pop up to third and an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to preserve the lead.
The Huskies are back in action after final exams on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Houston. With the completion of games across the conference on Sunday, the Huskies are in a five-way tie for first place in The American.
- Wills Montgomerie notched nine strikeouts on Sunday against the Bearcats. The ninth strikeout of the day was the 200th of Montgomerie's career, becoming the 10th UConn pitcher to accomplish the feat in program history.
- P.J. Poulin earned his first career save with a three inning performance on Sunday.
- Willy Yahn scored all three UConn runs, the second time the UConn third baseman has scored three times or more.
- Isaac Feldstein drove in seven RBI's this weekend against the Bearcats. On Sunday, Feldstein registered an RBI single in the first.