HOUSTON – A late offensive surge propelled the Huskies to a 7-4 win over Houston in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
In a 3-3 game in the eighth inning, the Huskies scored four runs on four hits to take the lead. After an error and bunt base hit for John Toppa. The Huskies had runners at the corners with one out. Isaac Feldstein (Palo Alto, Calif.) provided a go-ahead RBI single to left to give UConn the lead against Houston left-hander Seth Romero.
Tyler Gnesda and Troy Stefanski added on to the lead for UConn. Gnesda battled against Aaron Fletcher with two strikes and shot a two-run single into center field to give UConn a 6-3 lead. A batter later, Troy Stefanski placed an RBI single to left field to complete the scoring for the Huskies.
Wills Montgomerie pitched six solid frames for the Huskies. He gave up six hits, two runs and struck out seven. Montgomerie got out of a pair of jams in early going. In the third, Montgomerie notched back-to-back strikeouts to strand runners at second and third. Overall, the right-hander stranded seven Cougars on the bases.
Down 2-1 in the seventh, Conor Moriarty lifted the Huskies with a go-ahead two-run homer off the top of the fence in left field. The second home run of the season for Moriarty gave UConn a brief 3-2 lead.
Ryan Radue picked up the victory after grabbing the final out in the seventh inning. The Appleton, Wisc. native came on with two-on and two outs in a tied game. Radue got a fly out to center off the bat of Jared Triolo to end the threat.
John Russell closed out the ballgame, working two innings for the Huskies in the eighth and ninth.
UConn looks to carry momentum into Tuesday, May 9 against Sacred Heart at 3 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.
The Huskies recorded their first win at Schroeder Park on Sunday. Moving to 1-5 when playing at Houston.
UConn is 10-2 in games that Wills Montgomerie starts this season.
Isaac Feldstein’s RBI single in the eighth moved the UConn right fielder into a tie for first with 35 RBIs, tying Zac Susi for the team lead.
Conor Moriarty hit his second home run of the season and first homer since opening weekend against UMass Lowell on February 18