Down five races in the seventh round? No sweat for the UConn baseball team.
The Huskies scored a total of six races in the seventh and eighth innings, cut short by Pat Wink’s RBI double, to earn a 9-8 victory over Bryant in a non-conference game at Elliot Ballpark on Tuesday.
At the bottom of the seventh, UConn (14-12) was down 8-3. The Huskies opened the round with three straight hits – singles by Kevin Ferrer and Zach Bushling, and a two-run triple by Kyler Fedko. Fedko scored 8-6 when the next batter, Reggie Crawford, founded for third.
The Huskies picked up where they left off at eighth. With runners on first and second and two men out, Crawford struck to reduce the deficit to one. Fedko tied it when he scored on a wild course by Jackson Harrigan. Crawford moved to second place in the game, scoring a clear signal on Winkel’s double.
Fedko finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three goals while Crawford was 2-for-5 with home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored. Winkel and Christian Fedko each added two hits.
Justin Willis (2-0) won the victory in a hitless inning of relief when he knocked out two and went one. Crawford picked up his first save of the season. With two men on the ninth, he hit the next three balls to finish it.
UConn scored twice in the first, but the Bulldogs (10-9-1) built a 6-3 lead into the seventh. They added two races in the round.
Jake Gustin led his team with a 4-for-4 day, adding two RBIs and races. Brian Nicolas also had two RBIs while Tommy DiTullio scored three times. Harrigan (0-1) took the loss.
The Huskies open Big East games on Friday and welcome Georgetown to Elliot Ballpark for a four-game series.
ECSU: Luke Broadhurst (Stafford) had two hits and scored a run in the first match when Eastern swept Johnson & Wales in a double top at Mansfield with scores 5-2 and 4-0.
Broadhurst, who hits .370, led the second round of the opening with a single, and came around to score on a two-run single by Noah Plantamuro. He added twice in the third in a 5-2 win.
Broadhurst, which went 0-for-4 in the second game, has seven off-base hits and seven RBIs.
Tim Pfaffenbichler (Windsor Locks) started the first game. He gave up the Wildcats’ only hit, a two-run homer by Kevin Duffy that tied the score at two.
Eastern’s 12-1 record is the best start to the season in 12 years. In the first New England Division III poll for the season on Tuesday, the Warriors were ranked third and received two first-place votes.
The Warriors return to action Friday and host Rhode Island College in a double header.
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