STORRS, Conn. - A walk-off single from redshirt-senior Alex LeFevre lifted the Huskies to a 4-3 over Rhode Island in 10 innings on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field
LeFevre (Mansfield Center, Conn.) lined a 3-0 pitch back up the middle and glanced off the glove of the diving Rams second baseman to give the Huskies their first lead of the day in the 10th inning.
The Huskies trailed for most of the game after the Rams scored three times in the fifth. The Huskies offense hit the ball hard early but were finding the gloves of the Ram's fielders. Down 3-0 in the seventh, the bats began to heat up.
Back-to-back singles from senior co-captain Aaron Hill and Troy Stefanski, followed by a one-out single for Chris Winkel, loaded the bases for Anthony Prato. The UConn shortstop hit a sacrifice fly to right field to get the Huskies on the board.
UConn chipped away with another run in the eighth on an RBI double from Willy Yahn, scoring Isaac Feldstein from first base. The double was Yahn's 199th career hit and made it a 3-2 deficit.
As the UConn offense began their comeback, the Huskies bullpen silenced the Ram's bats. CJ Dandeneau, Jacob Wallace, Ryan Radue and John Russell combined to pitch 5.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Huskies.
Down to its final out in the ninth, Anthony Prato singled into center field to keep the game alive. John Toppa then hit a chopper to the left side of the infield, third baseman Matt O'Neil bobbled the grounder and then fired his throw past the first baseman. Prato got on his horse and scored all the way from first to tie the game at 3-3.
In the 10th, the Huskies had runners at second and third and two outs when LeFevre delivered the game-winning hit.
Not to be forgotten, UConn starter P.J. Poulin pitched extremely well for UConn on a strict pitch count, throwing four shutout innings on just 35 pitches. The left-hander allowed just two hits, zero walks and struck out a pair.
The Huskies return to action on Thursday, May 18 at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn. at 7:05 p.m. against East Carolina. Tickets can be purchases ahead of time HERE or you can walk up and get tickets prior to the game at the ticket window at Dunkin' Donuts Park.
The Huskies finish 6-5 in midweek games this season. Going 6-4 against Northeast opponents.
UConn is 3-2 in extra-innings this season. Winning the last two occasions.
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