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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.
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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