UConn Baseball failed to complete a comeback bid this time, dropping a close contest to Seton Hall at Owen T. Carroll Field Saturday, 3-2.
Wills Montgomerie (4-1) took his first loss of the season but did leave the Huskies in a position to take the win. He allowed two runs on four hits in six innings while walking five and striking out five as well.
Troy Stefanski was a defensive replacement in left field for UConn and had one of their two RBI on the day, starting the ninth-inning rally which saw them come within 90 feet of tying the game.
Second baseman Jack Lambrecht (3-for-4) had his first career multi-hit game and has gotten a hit in each of his first three games this year.
The UConn offense could not figure out Pirates’ starter Cullen Dana. The only offense the Huskies could muster was a second-inning solo home run by first baseman Tyler Gnesda. His first homer of the season tied the game at one.
Shortstop Anthony Prato singled to lead off the third and then Dana retired 14 of the next 16 batters he faced. The only batter he could not set down was Lambrecht, who singled in the fourth and seventh but was stranded at first both times.
In the third, a two-out walk by Montgomerie followed by a stolen base put a runner on second for Seton Hall’s Toke, who notched his second RBI single of the day to make it 2-1.
In the eighth inning, with center fielder Keith Krueger on third, left-hander Anthony Pacillo entered the game to face Susi. It was the right move for Seton Hall, as Susi struck out to end UConn’s threat.
The Pirates added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Huskies did not go down without a fight.
Lambrecht singled with two outs and crossed home on a RBI double down the left field line by left fielder Troy Stefanski to make it 3-2, but the Huskies could not push Stefanski across and the Pirates escaped with the win.
UConn (11-9) will complete the three-game series on Sunday at 11 a.m., with Mason Feole slated to get the start.