HARTFORD, Conn. - For the first time in his UConn career, sophomore left-hander Tim Cate pitched a complete game shutout on Thursday night at Dunkin' Donuts Park, defeating East Carolina 6-0.
In front of 2,828 fans, UConn (30-22, 13-9) watched Manchester native, Cate, keep the Pirates hitters off balance and record quick outs throughout the ballgame. Cate did not utilize the strikeout until later in the game, recording eight on the night.
Instead the lefty was able to get quick outs, keep the pitch count down and extend his outing. The Huskies helped Cate, turning three double plays, a season-high for the Huskies. The Huskies spun two of the double plays after Cate had issued a leadoff walk.
Zac Susi also helped his starter by throwing out two base runners attempting to steal third. Cate notched his first complete game shutout with his previous best being eight innings of work.
The offense provided all the runs that Cate needed in the third. With two-on and two outs, Alex LeFevre drew the loudest roar of the night by smoking a three-run home run into the left center field seats to make it 3-0 UConn. LeFevre pounded his chest as he rounded the bags and greeted his teammates at home plate after hitting his first career home run.
The Huskies tacked on insurance runs in the sixth. Back-to-back RBI singles from Anthony Prato and Susi extended the lead to 5-0. Willy Yahn added on with a sacrifice fly to center field to cap the scoring for UConn, 6-0.
With the victory, the Huskies are tied for second place at 13-9 in the league with Houston and UCF. All three teams are one game back of USF in the standings with two left on the slate.
The Huskies resume the series at J.O. Christian Field Friday, May 19 at 3 p.m. Wills Montgomerie takes the mound for the Huskies making his 14th start of the season.