STORRS, Conn. - UConn closed out the regular season with a 3-0 loss to East Carolina on Senior Day at J.O. Christian Field. The Huskies finish the regular season 31-23, 14-10 in The American and finish tied for third place.
Since the Huskies won the series against USF last week, UConn will be the three seed in the upcoming American Athletic Conference tournament. The Huskies play Cincinnati at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The Huskies were only able to snag two hits in the contest, both of them off the bat of John Toppa. The Huskies best threat came in the bottom of the eighth, trailing 1-0, Toppa bunted for a base hit down the third base line and advance to second on a throwing error. With no one out, the Huskies lifted two fly balls to center and struck out to end the threat.
Mason Feole pitched well for UConn, going seven innings and allowing just one earned run. The left-hander gave up an RBI double to Nick Barber in the third and that was it.
The Pirates tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth to give themselves a little breathing room, 3-0. Kirk Morgan earned the win with eight shutout innings against the Huskies.
Ryan Radue appeared for the final time on the J.O. Christian Field mound and delivered a scoreless eighth inning for the Huskies.
Stay updated with the Huskies postseason run on Twitter, @UConnBaseball or on uconnhuskies.com. The Huskies won the 2016 American Championship in Clearwater, Fla. The conference tournament is a double-elimination format with all eight schools participating. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.