STORRS, Conn. – The No. 22 UConn baseball team closes out the regular season with a three-game series against the No. 9 ECU Pirates at J.O. Christian Field. Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s contests are all scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Series vs. ECU... The Huskies are just 12-35 all-time against the Pirates. UConn went 5-1 vs. ECU in 2017 with a road sweep of the No. 15 team in the country. The Huskies closed the regular season by winning two out of three against ECU in Connecticut.
Since joining the American, UConn has won two series in six opportunities against the Pirates. With the addition of Wichita State to the league, this is the first season that UConn and ECU have not played a home-and-home series.
Since joining the league, the Huskies and Pirates have played 12 games decided by three runs or less out of 19 games. Three of those games were decided in extra innings.
American Scenarios...The Huskies are currently in fourth place in The American Conference 1 GB of second place ECU. The Huskies could finish as high as second and as low as sixth in the conference standings. ECU is the only team that has a chance to grab a share of the conference title with Houston but cannot earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament due to head-to-head with the Cougars. Out of the teams in that grouping, the Huskies own tiebreakers over Cincinnati. Tulane and Cincinnati.
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 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 (ECU).
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.
The American Conference Tournament begins next week in Clearwater, Fla. with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line. The Huskies will either begin on Tuesday, May 22 or Wednesday May 23 depending on their seed.
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