UConn Baseball lost its third straight game on Friday as BYU took a 7-6 win in the first of a three-game series.
Shortstop Anthony Prato had a big day for the Huskies, hitting 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Third baseman Conor Moriarty had a two-run double and catcher Zac Susi and Willy Yahn added an RBI each.
Tim Cate missed his last two starts due to a shoulder issue but was back on the mound Thursday. He had a shaky start, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits. He walked three, had two wild pitches and only struck out one batter.
The Huskies started the game strong by taking a 1-0 lead when Prato led off with a triple and Yahn brought him in on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first.
The Cougars responded in kind with two runs on only one hit. Brennon Anderson led off with a double and a one-out walk by Daniel Schneemann put runners on the corners. Two wild pitches, a stolen base and a throwing error by Susi later, it was 2-1.
The Huskies brought home Prato again in the third to tie it up on consecutive singles by Yahn and Susi and got a lead once more in the top of the fourth.
First baseman Tyler Gnesda led off with a walk before a single by left fielder Troy Stefanski. Second baseman Conor Moriarty found the gap with a double, allowing the two of them to score. Moriarty was brought across by Prato’s third hit of the evening to make it 5-2.
The Cougars scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Colton Shaver led off the inning with a solo home run before Casey Jacobsen tripled. Anderson plated him to make it a one-run game.
The Huskies got one more in the fifth, but that would be it offensively. In the final four innings, UConn got only two hits and had just three runners reach base.
The Cougars took the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a three-run home run by Schneemann and threatened for more in the eighth, getting the bases loaded with no outs. Dan Rajkowski was able to draw ground balls and end the threat to keep it at a one-run game, but the Husky offense could not come through.
UConn (8-7) and BYU continue their series on Friday with another 8 p.m. start. Wills Montgomerie will get the ball for the Huskies.