After dropping four-straight games, including a sweep at the hands of Tulane, the UConn Huskies returned home in desperate need of a win to right the ship.
It took all nine innings, but UConn came away with a 4-3 victory over Quinnipiac thanks to a walk-off double from Jack Lambrecht in the bottom of the ninth.
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, John Toppa led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and quickly moved to second on a bunt from Isaac Feldstein. After an intentional walk, freshman second baseman Jack Lambrecht, only in the lineup after Conor Moriarity went down with illness, stepped up to the plate.
With the game hanging in the balance, he sliced the outside pitch to the fence in right field, bringing in Toppa from second for the game-winning run.
After a tough weekend at Tulane, the Huskies needed a big performance from Ronnie Rossomando and he delivered, going 6.0 innings with a career-high seven strikeouts and three earned runs. The Bobcats needed to manufacture runs to get anything off the starter, utilizing the hit-and-run and double steal to bring runners to the plate.
Rossomando also received some help from a strong wind blowing in from left field, as Quinnipiac came inches from a two-run home run that would’ve easily sailed over the fence on a typical day.
After giving up a run in the first, the Huskies took the lead back in bottom of the second off a two-run shot from Isaac Feldstein through the wind in left field. An inning later, Troy Stefanski pushed Anthony Prato home from third on a ground-out to take a 3-1 lead.
Quinnipiac would fight back in the top of the sixth with a two-out double which landed in left and drove in two runs. UConn had scoring chances in both the sixth and seventh innings but failed to capitalize.
In the top of the eighth, the Bobcats had their best chance of the night with a runner on second and just one out. But the Huskies held thanks to an impressive play by Willy Yahn, who caught a line drive right at him, followed by a strikeout by Sam Nepiarski.
With the win, UConn improves to 20-14 on the season. The Huskies have a quick turnaround when they face UMass at JO Christian Field tomorrow. First pitch is at 3 p.m., with PJ Poulin slated to start.