On a special Thursday night in Hartford, UConn Baseball got a 6-0 win at Dunkin’ Donuts Park over East Carolina to open up the final weekend series of the regular season.
“It’s a tremendous stadium,” sophomore Zac Susi said. “It’s beautiful, you come out here, the energy is crazy.”
Tim Cate gave the Huskies their first complete game this year and did it with a shutout. He allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked four.
“He joked with me pregame about how he wanted to keep his pitch count down so that he could go deeper into the game,” Susi said.
The two catchers on the roster, Zac Susi and Alex LeFevre, each had multiple hits and LeFevre, playing as the designated hitter, gave Cate all the run support he needed with a three-run home run.
Susi also did an excellent job holding runners, throwing two out at third base.
“He looked really good out there,” head coach Jim Penders said.
Neither team had much offensively through the early stages until LeFevre’s home run over the left-field wall.
“I don’t really remember it,” LeFevre said. “I had so much emotion after I hit the ball. The pitch I hit was a changeup and Coach Hourigan always talks about hitting the ball to the opposite field and I got the barrel on it.”
Right fielder Isaac Feldstein beat out the back end of a double play and third baseman Willy Yahn singled to set up the three-run bomb.
“[The home run] loosened everyone up,” Penders said.
Cate cruised through the rest of the game, allowing only five runners to reach, only one reached second base.
The Huskies had been struggling to string hits together but broke through in the sixth for a trio of insurance runs. Four consecutive UConn batters hit singles and after a Yahn sacrifice fly, they had a 6-0 lead.
UConn (30-22, 13-9) will resume its series with East Carolina on Friday on campus. Wills Montgomerie will be on the mound with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.