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UConn Baseball Wins Game 3 Over East Carolina

The Huskies rode defensive miscues to their fifth straight win and a road sweep of the ECU Pirates.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn Baseball completed the sweep on Sunday against East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium with a 5-1 win in the third and final game of the weekend series.

Mason Feole had a strong start, allowing only an unearned run in seven innings. He scattered five hits, walked one, and struck out six.

The Huskies had only five hits, two by third baseman Willy Yahn (2-for-5), who also drove in a run. Shortstop Anthony Prato (1-for-5) scored a run and had UConn’s other RBI. Catcher Alex LeFevre scored two runs.

The Pirates’ subpar defensive effort played a major factor in the Huskies’ fifth straight win. East Carolina committed five errors, leading to four unearned runs charged to its starter Jake Agnos, who otherwise pitched very well.

Agnos held the Huskies at bay through the first two innings before LeFevre reached on a throwing error by Nick Barber to lead off the third. He was brought in by Prato after a sacrifice bunt put him in scoring position.

Right fielder Isaac Feldstein struck out, appearing to end the third, however the ball skipped out in front of the plate and Feldstein reached to load the bases.

First baseman Tyler Gnesda came up next and popped one up over the infield grass, but the ball fell between Agnos and Spencer Brickhouse, allowing Prato to score and make it 2-0 after three innings.

Defensive problems for the Pirates led to two more UConn runs in the fifth.

Yahn and Susi led off with singles and crossed the plate after left fielder Conor Moriarty hit a ball to right that was misplayed by Luke Bolka. It rolled all the way to the wall as both runners came around to make it a 4-0 lead.

UConn added one more for good measure in the sixth on an RBI single by Yahn.

Feole shut down the East Carolina batting attack. The Pirates were hitless until the fifth and scoreless until the seventh, when they scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by Wesley Phillips.

UConn (16-9, 3-0) has a midweek contest next in what should be their home opener against Northeastern. First pitch at J.O. Christian Field is on Tuesday at 3 p.m.