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Recap, Preview and Live Stream: UConn Baseball beats Tulane, faces ECU in semi-finals

An improbable five-run eighth inning saved the Huskies from elimination for a second day in a row. Today, it's going to take two victories over the ECU Pirates to earn a date with Houston in the championship game.

Mark Corey

This team refuses to quit.

Seemingly dead in the water down 6-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the Huskies mounted a comeback.

Husky seniors Jon Testani and Eric Yavarone, who was in the lineup for the suspended Blake Davey, singled to start the inning.

After Jack Sundberg struck out, Vinny Siena, one day removed from a walk-off single, roped a two-run triple to centerfield to cut the lead in half. Bobby Melley then doubled down the left field line scoring Siena to bring up Joe Deroche-Duffin.

On a 1-2 count, Deroche-Duffin spoiled a curveball before getting a hanging curve the very next pitch. The big right-hander drove it into the Tulane bullpen, giving UConn a 7-6 lead and sending the Husky dugout into delirium.

Anthony Kay came on in the ninth to shut down the Green Wave bats and the Huskies live to see another day.


The Huskies will take on East Carolina today starting at 1:00 p.m. in what the Huskies hope will be a doubleheader. The second-seeded Pirates come into the game at 2-0 in the tourney with a 4-3 win over UCF, and a 3-1 win over Tulane. ECU had a day off yesterday and will have to be defeated twice to be eliminated. The Huskies will be the home team in game one because the Pirates have not been the away team yet. If UConn can take game one, then they will be the away team in game two.

On the mound for the Huskies today is Wills Montgomerie. The freshman has had a successful run as a midweek starter this year, going 3-1 with a 3.98 in 31.2 innings. Montgomery's last start was a victory over UMass-Lowell when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

The Pirates will throw lefty Jacob Wolfe (4-2, 3.42 ERA) who started against the Huskies on May 3rd and picked up the win going seven innings giving up two runs on three hits and five walks with one strikeout.

Blake Davey will be back in the lineup for the Huskies, and Aaron Hill will more than likely be at shortstop with a lefty on the mound and Bryan Daniello battling a bad back.

If the Huskies can take game one, game two will be played after a short break.