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UConn baseball falls to USF

The Huskies and Bulls will play a decisive Game 3 on Sunday.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn baseball was up 2-0 after the top of the second, but with a five-run bottom of the sixth, USF took a lead they would not surrender, as the Huskies took an 8-4 loss on Saturday.

Right fielder Isaac Feldstein had a pair of doubles and catcher Thad Phillips had two hits as well.

Second baseman Christian Fedko had an RBI in the second to get himself in scoring position for a sacrifice fly from third baseman Andy Hague and the Huskies were up 2-0.

After a Tyler Detrich walk, Coco Montes got a ball over Troy Stefanski’s head in center field for a triple and Duke Stunkel would tie the game up with a single.

UConn took a 4-2 lead on a pair of RBI doubles, one from Phillips in the third and one from Feldstein in the fifth, but then the game turned in favor of USF.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Bulls sent all nine men to the plate and scored five runs to take control of the contest.

Garrett Zech tripled, one of USF’s three on the day and Dietrich walked, spelling the end of Mason Feole’s day, who allowed three earned runs in five-plus innings of work.

Ronnie Rossomando entered in relief and he began his outing with a double play that was almost a triple play with a close play on Zech at the plate, but it would unravel quickly. His fastball was not working and the Bulls would take advantage for five straight hits before Joe Simeone was called upon to get the final out of the frame.

Offensively, the Huskies were held scoreless by a combination of Richie Cruz and Kevin King, who allowed three hits in three combined innings to close it out. After Feldstein’s RBI double in the fifth, UConn did not get a runner to second base.

The Huskies and USF will play a decisive Game 3 of their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Chase Gardner will pitch for UConn against Collin Sullivan.