STORRS, Conn. – The No. 18 UConn baseball team welcomes Houston for a three-game set this weekend with first place in The American Conference up for grabs. The Huskies and Cougars will play a doubleheader on Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Park beginning with a 3 p.m. game one. Game two will follow at 7 p.m. and the series finale is at 11 a.m. back in Storrs at J.O. Christian Field. Friday's 7 p.m. game will be streamed on ESPN3 and re-aired on tape delay on WCCT-TV on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Series vs. Houston... UConn has had its struggles with Houston since the Cougars and Huskies merged into the American Athletic Conference in 2014.
In 2016, the Huskies went 4-0 against the Cougars with a three-game sweep in Storrs before winning the 2016 American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship against Houston, 7-2.
Excluding the 2016 campaign UConn is 2-10 against the Cougars. Though 6 of the losses have been by two runs or less and two of those being decided in extra innings.
Baseball Conference... The American Conference continues to distinguish itself as one of the top conferences in college baseball. The league is currently No. 4 conference RPI ranking in 2018 with nearly eight of the nine teams in the Top 100 of the RPI. D1Baseball.com and Baseball America currently project five teams to make the NCAA Tournament and D1Baseball.com projects one American teams to host a regional (UConn).
Road Record... The Huskies set a program record with their 22nd road victory of the season on May 9 with a win at Northeastern. UConn eclipsed their previous school record of 21 road wins back in 2010. UConn has been resilitent this season working around flight delays, bus brake-downs, weather cancellations, doubleheaders and travel that consistently gets UConn back to campus at 2 a.m.-3 a.m. early Monday morning.
Wild Midweek At Northeastern... In a battle of the top two teams in the Northeast UConn came back from a 2-1 deficit in the 8th inning by scoring five runs with two outs. UConn had no one on with two outs before five-straight Huskies reached base including a go-ahead two-run double for Chris Winkel. Both Northeastern and UConn are in the Top 30 of the RPI.
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