GREENVILLE, N.C. -- The UConn baseball team mustered only three hits and dropped a rubber match at East Carolina by a score of 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium. The loss drops Connecticut to 29-20 on the year and 8-10 in The American, while ECU improves to 31-18 and 11-7 in league action.
The Pirates took an early lead with a first inning home run before the Huskies tied the contest in the second inning. UConn's two runs in the second frame would be their only ones of the contest as ECU scored one in the third, sixth and eighth innings to build their three-run advantage.
Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) drove in both of the Husky runs in a 1-for-2 day, while Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) recorded the other two hits. Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) started on the mound and lasted five innings, allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
East Carolina took the lead in the bottom of the first, using a single and a two-run Charlie Yorgen home run to jump ahead 2-0. UConn evened the contest in the next frame, trying the contest at 2-2 with a two-run single through the left side from Hill.
Another home run allowed the Pirates to re-take the lead in the bottom of the second, going up 3-2 after a solo shot from Bryce Harman. After Tabakman exited in the fifth, East Carolina scored an unearned run off Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) in the sixth with an RBI single to go up 4-2. With runners on the corners and one out, Darras limited further damage with a strikeout and a ground ball to keep it a two-run game.
East Carolina threatened again by loading the bases with a walk and two infield singles in the bottom of the seventh, chasing Darras with no outs. Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) entered for UConn and worked his way out of the jam, fanning two and inducing a pop up in his first inning of work.
The Pirates brought on Joe Ingle for a scoreless top of the eighth, and tacked on a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to stretch their lead to three. The Huskies attempted to rally against Ingle in the ninth and put two on with one away, but the Pirates got a strikeout and a fly ball to end the contest.
Up next, UConn has the week off for finals before returning to J.O. Christian Field on Saturday, May 9 to kick off a three-game league series with Cincinnati. The Huskies and Bearcats will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
UConn is now 6-28 all-time against East Carolina, with a 2-4 mark this season in the first contests between the squads since 1989
The three hits for Connecticut mark a season low
UConn dropped to 9-4 this season against left-handed starting pitchers, with three of those losses against East Carolina