TAMPA, Fla. - The UConn baseball team rounded out its regular season schedule on a red-hot run, topping USF, 3-2, to finish off a three-game sweep on Saturday at USF Baseball Stadium. With the victory, Connecticut pushes its win streak to a season-long nine games and concludes regular-season action at 33-22 overall and 14-9 in American Athletic Conference play, while USF concludes its regular-season slate at 23-31.
Connecticut secured the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and is set to open play on Wednesday, May 25 at 3 p.m. against sixth-seeded Memphis. A complete tournament bracket is posted above and a complete preview for the Huskies' match-up with the Tigers will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Monday afternoon.
The team's current nine-game win streak is the fifth-longest in the nation and the longest for UConn since it won 12-straight in 2011.
Sophomore RHP Wills Montgomerie (5-3) picked up his ninth career win with a 6.2 inning, two-run effort, scattering just five hits with six strikeouts. Junior closer Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) closed out the final 2.1 innings to secure his team-leading ninth save of the season. With 17 career saves, the Husky reliever ranks fifth in program history.
Senior OF Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored a pair of walks ,while senior OF Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the victory.
For the fifth-straight game, UConn got on the board first, scoring a run on a bases-loaded sac fly off the bat of Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.).
The Bulls answered with two runs in the home half of the fifth, jumping ahead, 2-1, via a two-run home run off the bat of freshman 3B David Villar. The Huskies moved back ahead in the seventh, stringing together three hits and scoring two runs. Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn.) opened the inning with a single and was erased on a fielder's choice by Hill before Sundberg sliced a single into left. Both runners moved up on a groundout by Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) before Melley poked a two-run single into right to push the Huskies ahead, 3-2.
With nine strikeouts, UConn extended its single-season program strikeout record to 498.
Check back to uconnhuskies.com on Monday afternoon for a complete preview for the team's opening tilt against the Tigers.
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