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Tulane Wins Game 2 in New Orleans

Free bases did the Huskies in on Saturday night in a game where runs were hard to find.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn Baseball dropped its second straight game on Saturday night at Turchin Stadium as Tulane clinched a series victory over the Huskies by a score of 3-1.

UConn was held to four hits and catcher Zac Susi delivered the Huskies’ only RBI.

Wills Montgomerie gave UConn a good outing on the mound, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out 11 across six innings.

It was a pitcher’s duel through the early and middle stages of the game. The teams traded a run each in the fourth, with UConn’s coming off of a double by Susi, but that was all either team had through the first five innings.

The Huskies did not have a runner reach until the third and did not see another reach scoring position until the seventh.

Corey Merrill was only hurt by the lead-off walk he gave up in the fourth, but other than that he threw exceptionally well. The Huskies had only three hits off of the right-hander and he allowed two walks, striking out five.

Until Montgomerie hit trouble in the sixth, it was smooth sailing for him as well. In his first five innings, he walked only one batter and that was the batter that scored in the fourth.

Like the fourth, it was the free bases that did Montgomerie in. To open the frame, Tulane loaded the bases with a walk sandwiched by singles and the first run came across on a balk. The Green Wave got another on a ground out to first baseman Chris Winkel, who just barely kept it in the infield.

UConn had a chance to mount a comeback with a lead-off double by Feldstein in the seventh, but Merrill and Christian Colletti combined to retire the final nine Husky batters in order to clinch the series for Tulane.

UConn (19-13, 6-2) looks to salvage a win on Saturday in the series finale with a 12 p.m. first pitch. Mason Feole is the probable starter for the Huskies.