As has been the case in the last three weekend series for the UConn, the Huskies failed to capitalize on Sunday and lost another series to move three games back of AAC leaders East Carolina and Houston. The Huskies dropped to 29-20 (8-10 AAC), and ECU improved to 31-18 (11-7 AAC).
Game One: 13-2 win
The series started out full of promise with UConn dominating every facet of the game.
Carson Cross (9-2) threw eight innings of two run ball and struck out nine to reach 100 on the season. Cross became the fourth pitcher in program history to reach the milestone. The tall right-hander joins the elite company of current Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, former Major Leaguer Charles Nagy, and former first pick of the 1980 MLB draft Colin McLaughlin.
While Cross was fanning Pirates batters, the Husky offense jumped on starter Evan Kruczynski to the tune of a 5-0 lead by the second inning, and then scored the final eight runs.
Blake Davey led the way with a 4-6 day at the plate, roping three doubles and driving home four.
Bobby Melley, Jon Testani, and Willy Yahn all had three hit days as the Husky offense could simply not be stopped. All nine Husky starters had a hit by the fourth inning.
Game Two: 5-4 Loss
The Huskies clawed back into this one. Down 5-1 entering the top of the ninth inning, Yahn and Aaron Hill hit back to back singles to spark a rally. After a Connor Buckley foul out and a Jack Sundberg groundout that advanced the runners, Vinny Siena smoked a three-run homer to left, his sixth of the year, to make it a one run game before Bobby Melley grounded out to end it.
That was the only time the Pirates were able to get Melley out the entire game. The first basemen went 4-5 including the 200th hit of his Husky career. Melley became the 16th player to reach the feat in program history and joined teammate Siena who entered the club last week.
Game Three: 5-2 Loss
The Sunday series victory remained elusive for UConn this weekend. Jordan Tabakman (2-4) allowed three runs on four hits over five innings and the Husky offense could only muster three hits on the day.
Hill hit a two run single in the second inning to tie the game, but the Pirates came back with a run in the bottom half of the inning and didn't relinquish the lead as starter Jacob Wolfe (4-1) and reliever Josh Ingle shut down the Huskies.
UConn has no midweek games due to finals and will pick back up against Cincinnati (15-31, 6-12 AAC) at J.O Christian Field in a double header on Saturday. Game times are 1:00 and 4:00.