HOUSTON -- Jordan Tabakman fired eight one-run innings for the UConn baseball team in a 1-0 setback to No. 19 Houston on Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field. The loss in the regular season finale drops the Huskies to 33-23 on the year and 11-13 in American Athletic Conference play, while the league champion Cougars improve to 39-17 and 16-8 in conference.
The Cougars scored the game's lone run with an RBI single in the fourth inning and used three pitcher to cumulatively four-hit the Huskies. Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) had one of the UConn hits and added two walks and a stolen base.
Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) worked through eight frames for the Huskies and allowed a run on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Houston reliever Aaron Garza entered for the Cougars three batters into the contest and tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits with two walks and a strikeout.
The Huskies threatened twice in the early going, leading off the game with back-to-back walks before both runners were stranded. UConn then loaded the bases with two away in the top of the third but Garza got a comebacker to the mound to keep the contest scoreless.
The Cougars broke the early deadlock in the bottom of the fourth, using a trio of singles to bring across a run and take a 1-0 lead. Garza was lifted for the sixth and UConn greeted reliever Jared Robinson with back-to-back singles, but Robinson got out of the jam with a double play ball and a ground out to keep UH in front.
After working out of a two-on, no-out jam in the sixth,Tabakman finished his outing with a 1-2-3 eighth, working through a season-high 8.0 innings in his final regular season start. Robinson remained on for the Cougars in the top of the ninth and fired a 1-2-3 inning to close out his four-inning save.
Up next, UConn heads to Clearwater, Fla. to compete in the 2015 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship beginning on May 19. The tournament will return to a double-elimination format this season, as it was in 2013 when the Huskies made an improbable run from eight-seed to the title in their final Big East Tournament.
The Huskies are 1-6 all-time against the Cougars in a series that began last season
UConn finishes the regular season with 33 victories, most regular-season wins since 2011
Jordan Tabakman moved into third in UConn history with 263.2 career innings pitched
Jack Sundberg drew two walks and has 44 on the season, fifth-most in a single-season in UConn history.
Sundberg also stole his 31st base, tying George Springer in 2011 for sixth-most in a single season