HARTFORD, Conn. – The No. 18 UConn baseball team was swept by Houston in a doubleheader on Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford. The Huskies dropped their first series since March 23-25 at USF, a stretch of six-straight weekend series wins. The Huskies close out the series on Sunday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at J.O. Christian Field.
The Huskies and Cougars played a thrilling series opener with both teams trading punches late in the ballgame.
Tied 1-1 in the sixth inning, UConn outfielder Isaac Feldstein drilled his 13th home run of the year against Trey Cumbie to give UConn its first lead of the day, 2-1.
The Cougars countered with a three-spot in the seventh to claim a 4-2 lead. UConn would not go quietly by tying the ballgame 4-4 in its half of the seventh. Christian Fedko drilled a double that was bobbled in the outfield that brought Mike Woodworth in to score and Fedko advanced to third base.
Conor Moriarty followed with a clutch RBI single in a two-strike count that tied the game.
The Cougars grabbed the lead back in the eighth with a two-run double in the frame.
UConn battled to the final out in the ninth with Moriarty recording his second RBI single of the game to make it 6-5. With the tying run at third and the potential winning run at second and two outs, the Huskies sophomore shortstop Anthony Prato came to the plate. Prato fought with a two-strike count but ultimately popped up to second to end the ballgame.
In the nightcap of the twin bill, the Cougars jumped all over the Huskies by scoring 10 runs of 16 hits.
Joe Davis finished the night with a pair of home runs for Houston.
The Huskies lone run in the contest was a solo home run for Conor Moriarty in the third inning, his fourth home run of the season.
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