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UConn Baseball Falls to Houston In Extra Innings

The Huskies drop Game 1 despite coming back from a 5-0 deficit.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

In an extra-inning affair at Schroeder Park in Houston, UConn Baseball took a 6-5 loss to the Houston Cougars in 10 innings. Houston held a 5-0 lead after five innings but the Huskies fought back to force extras.

Shortstop Anthony Prato, second baseman Conor Moriarty, and Isaac Feldstein, who added two RBI, each had two hits. Tim Cate gave the Huskies eight innings of work, allowing four of his 11 hits and three of his five runs in the first inning.

Connor Wong started it off with a lead-off home run and after three consecutive singles and a passed ball, it was 3-0.

The Cougars added one each in the fourth and fifth before UConn began to fight back.

Prato led off the sixth inning with a double and came across on a groundout from third baseman Willy Yahn before a Moriarty double in the seventh drove in another to cut the deficit to 5-2.

After a silent eighth, the Huskies were down three heading into their final at-bat.

Singles from Moriarty, Prato and left fielder John Toppa loaded the bases with one out and Houston brought in the recently reinstated Seth Romero to put out the fire.

He got a strikeout, but defensive replacement Alex LeFevre kept the Huskies alive with a RBI single. Feldstein followed it up with one of his own to tie the game.

Houston would get the win in the 10th. John Russell loaded the bases with a single, followed by a double and intentional walk and then Connor Hollis stepped to the plate with nobody out. He worked a walk to force in the game-winning run.

UConn (24-19, 9-7) will continue their series with Houston on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Mason Feole is the probable starter for UConn.