STORRS, Conn. - Despite six scoreless innings from sophomore righty Wills Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.), the UConn baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 24 East Carolina on Sunday at J.O. Christian Field in the finale of a three-game series. With the setback, Connecticut moves to 24-22 and 8-9 in American Athletic Conference play, while ECU improves to 30-16-1.
Montgomerie shined in his 10th start of the season, tossing 6.0 innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts. The Husky starter scattered five hits and stranded nine Pirates in his outing. ECU lefty Jacob Wolfe went the distance, grabbing his sixth win with a nine-strikeout performance.
At the dish, sophomore 3B Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) extended his reached-base streak to 22-straight with a 2-for-3 showing with a run, while junior Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Neither team was able to scratch across a run over the first seven innings. The Pirates jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the eighth when freshman OF Dwanya Williamson-Sutton launched a three-run homer of the fence in left center.
The Huskies battled back in the ninth inning, plating two runs, but could not get the tying run across. Yahn and Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) opened the frame with singles before Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) plated a run with an RBI groundout and Gnesda cut the deficit to 3-2 with a ringing single into center.
Connecticut resumes non-conference play on Tuesday, May 10 when it welcomes UMass to J.O. Christian Field for a 3 p.m. first pitch.