UConn Baseball took a loss to Houston on Thursday in the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament, putting them in the loser’s bracket.
For the Huskies to take the title for the second straight season, they will now need to win four consecutive games and that begins at 11 a.m. in an elimination game against No. 7 Memphis (30-28).
The Huskies swept the Tigers at J.O. Christian Field in their regular season series and they both have a win over Cincinnati and a loss to Houston so far in the tournament.
Lineup for UConn in their do-or-die with Memphis pic.twitter.com/L7UbAt2AV8— Shawn McGrath (@ShawnMMcGrath) May 26, 2017
Top 1: John Toppa is at the plate, Drew Crosby has completed his warmup pitches and the game is on between UConn and Memphis!
Mid 1: The Huskies are set down in order and Wills Montgomerie will head out to the mound to face the Tigers.
End 1: Montgomerie notches two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning. Crosby, though they were light relief appearances, has already pitched twice this weekend, so it will be important to work his pitch count early.
Mid 2: UConn again goes down quietly and Montgomerie will go out for the bottom half of the second.
End 2: Montgomerie walks one and hits one, but he strands runners on the corners. Chris Winkel, Aaron Hill and Keith Krueger due up for UConn.
Mid 3: Winkel singles and ends up on third, but no dice for the Huskies. Montgomerie looks to put up another scoreless frame in a tie ballgame.
End 3: Montgomerie with his second 1-2-3 inning of the morning and now Anthony Prato, Willy Yahn and Isaac Feldstein are due up.
Top 4: Willy Yahn with an RBI double off the top of the wall makes it 1-0 as Prato comes around.
Mid 4: Yahn comes in on an error at third by Schritenthal and it’s 2-0. Montgomerie back out with a lead.
End 4: Alec Trela triples with two down, but Montgomerie induces the ground ball to end the frame. 2-0 Huskies.
Mid 5: Aaron Hill got to second with one out, but he was stranded there. 2-0 Huskies halfway through.
Bot 5: Memphis gets three runs in, all with two outs. Montgomerie has now allowed three straight hits as the heart of the Memphis order starts to come to the plate.
End 5: Memphis has a 3-2 lead. Willy Yahn, Isaac Feldstein and Alex LeFevre are due up.
Mid 6: Crosby has set down six Huskies in a row and the Tigers will send their five, six and seven batters to the plate, while UConn looks to hold it to 3-2.
Bot 6: Memphis has scored a pair and Montgomerie has been lifted. A UConn starter has not made it past the sixth in their three games.
End 6: It’s 5-2 Memphis and Drew Crosby is back out for the seventh.
Top 7: UConn has made the lead just two. Keith Krueger fisted an inside pitch into left and Winkel came around from second. Hunter Smith in to replace Crosby.
Top 7: make it one. John Toppa hits a sacrifice fly and it’s a 5-4 game.
Top 7: Anthony Prato ties it with a single!
Mid 7: time to stretch with the teams all tied at five.
End 7: Russell sets down the Tigers in order and Isaac Feldstein will lead off the eighth.
Top 8: Winkel triples over Webb’s head in center and UConn has a lead!
Mid 8: UConn gets another run across and it’s 7-5. This has been quite the comeback.
End 8: Russell has retired the first seven he has faced.
Mid 9: Russell back out protecting a two-run lead.
Final: it got interesting, but the Huskies got the win and will head to Saturday!