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No. 3 Seed UConn Opens American Tournament vs. No. 6 Memphis

Jim Penders and the Huskies open conference tournament play on Wednesday vs. Memphis
May 22, 2016


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CLEARWATER, Fla. --
Heading into postseason play on a season-best nine-game win streak, the third-seeded UConn baseball team is set to open its run at the 2016 American Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday, May 25 against sixth-seeded Memphis. The Huskies and Tigers will square off at Bright House Field at 3 p.m. ET on The American Digital Network with radio coverage on WHUS.org, 91.7 FM.

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Huskies Fall, 3-2, in Rain-Shortened Finale at Memphis
Despite a late rally in the top of the seventh, the UConn baseball team dropped a rain-shortened 3-2 decision to Memphis on Sunday, May 1 at FedExPark.

UConn will enter play in its 18th overall conference tournament and third in The American prior to joining the league in 2014. Connecticut holds a 35-28 all-time mark in league tournament play, including a 23-15 record under 13th-year head coach Jim Penders. The Huskies have finished as tournament champion or runner-up on four occasions under Penders, including a run to the 2013 Big East crown. In total, the program has won three conference tournament titles (1990, 1994, 2013) since it began play in the Big East. 

A complete tournament bracket with times, broadcast information, and seeding has been posted above.

UConn (33-22, 14-9 The American) rounded out the regular season with a three-game sweep against USF in Tampa on May 19-21 to lock up the third seed in the tournament. The Huskies out-scored the Bulls, 21-7, over the series, including a come-from-behind 3-2 win in the finale. The team's current nine-game win streak is the third longest in the nation and the longest for UConn since it won 12-straight during the 2011 campaign.

Connecticut owns a 7-4 all-time record against Memphis in a series dating back to 1999 and took two of three from the Tigers at FedExPark on April 30-May 1. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 19-37 mark, dropping 15 of their 24 conference games.

Over the final weekend of regular-season action, junior ace Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) became UConn's all-time strikeout leader, passing former Husky legend and current Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes ('11). Additionally, the Husky pitching staff has established a new single-season team record with 498 strikeouts.

Husky fans unable to make trip to Florida can keep up with the team during its postseason run by following @UConnBaseball on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #HookC for updates throughout the 2016 season.


 

 

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