STORRS, Conn. - After a tough doubleheader sweep at the hands of Houston on Friday, the No. 18 UConn baseball team showed its toughness with a 6-4 win in the series finale at J.O. Christian Field on Sunday afternoon.
In a back and forth affair UConn (30-16-1) scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning to capture the win. Hustle from pinch-runner Anthony Nucerino on an infield single from John Toppa pushed the Huskies in front 5-4. Nucerino was at second base with two outs and never stopped running as the he rounded the bag at third. Houston shortstop Cooper Coldiron fired late to first and Lael Lockhart fired a strike towards the plate, the throw beat Nucerino but the redshirt freshman avoided the tag and slapped home plate.
Anthony Prato provided a big insurance run with an RBI double into right centerfield to give P.J. Poulin a little breathing room. Poulin secured the win with two scoreless frames.
The Huskies managed to gaiin one-run leads on three occasions but the Cougars kept responding with runs of their own. Christian Fedko pushed the Huskies ahead in the sixth with an RBI single into right centerfield. Chris Winkel and Mike Woodworth also provided RBI singles for the Huskies in the second and fourth, respectively.
UConn returns to the field on Tuesday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Rhode Island for the final midweek game of the season.
Sunday's win was the 30th of the season for the Huskies. It is the 12th time in 15 seasons that the Huskies have won at least 30 games while Jim Penders has been the head coach.
Zac Susi extended his reach-base streak to 36 games with his double in the seventh inning.
UConn is 7-1-1 at J.O. Christian Field this season.
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