HOUSTON - The Huskies nearly stunned the Houston Cougars on Friday night losing a 6-5 decision in 10 innings.
UConn (24-19, 9-7) trailed 5-0 after five innings but battled back to tie the game in the ninth behind a three-run frame. It is the fourth time this season that the Huskies have tied or taken the lead when trailing after eight innings.
Down 5-2 in the ninth, the Huskies loaded the bases with three singles from Conor Moriarty, Anthony Prato and John Toppa. With the Huskies down to their final out and facing Cougar's ace, Seth Romero, Alex LeFevre lined an RBI single into right to cut the deficit to two.
Junior right fielder Isaac Feldstein quickly followed by stroking a hard single into left field. Prato scored easily from third and John Toppa slid in just ahead of the tag at home plate to tie the game, 5-5.
John Russell pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Huskies but the Cougars were able to push a run across on a bases loaded walk in the 10th to walk-off, 6-5.
Tim Cate got the start for the Huskies and got off to a rough beginning. Connor Wong led off the first with a solo shot to right field to make the 1-0 Cougars. Houston ended the first by tallying three runs on four hits.
Cate settled down for UConn, pitching eight innings, allowing 11 hits, four earned runs and nine strikeouts. Cate was able to keep the Huskies in the game as they mounted a comeback.
After a Yahn groundout in the sixth made it 5-1, Moriarty smoked an RBI double down the left field line in the seventh to bring the Huskies within three runs, 5-2.
The Huskies try to even the series Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Friday was the fourth time that the Huskies have come back to tie the game in the ninth after trailing through eight innings.
The Huskies have scored 27 runs in the ninth inning this season.
Conor Moriarty registered his first multi-hit game since March 29 at Fairfield
The Huskies are 0-4 all-time at Schroeder Park against the Cougars