UConn Steals Series from Tulane with Sunday Rally

Over the weekend, the UConn baseball team improved to 17-9 after taking two out of three from Tulane at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. A Sunday win clinched a series victory for the Huskies in their first American Athletic Conference series of the year.

On Friday, UConn rode another dominant pitching performance from starter Carson Cross to a 6-0 victory in the series opener. Cross threw seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out seven batters. He is now 4-0 with a 0.59 ERA in his last four starts. Relievers Nico Darras and Trevor Holmes also pitched scoreless innings in the win.

Jon Testani led the offensive charge for the Huskies on Friday, notching two hits and three runs batted in, including a two-run home run. Willy Yahn and Blake Davey each knocked in a run, while Jack Sundberg added a walk and scored a run.

In the series’ middle game Saturday, Tulane got revenge with a 5-1 win. Starter Emerson Gibbs tossed eight shutout innings for the Green Wave (18-10), who scored four unearned runs to fuel their offense in the victory. UConn starter Anthony Kay had a rough outing in defeat, allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits over five innings.

The Huskies struggled to create offense on Saturday, with their only run coming by way of a ninth inning Davey home run. Vinny Siena had three of UConn’s seven hits in the defeat.

UConn put forth a spirited rally in the series’ rubber game Sunday, scoring three runs in the ninth inning to erase a one-run deficit and secure a 5-3 victory. With the win, the Huskies secured their sixth consecutive win of a weekend series.

Joe DeRoche-Duffin provided the big hit for UConn, smashing a solo home run in the top of the ninth to even the score at three apiece. The Huskies then used a Tulane error and a Max McDowell sacrifice fly to grab a 5-3 lead that they would not relinquish.

UConn pitcher Patrick Ruotolo was excellent in relief of starter Jordan Tabakman on Sunday, striking out six without allowing a hit over 3.1 scoreless innings. Davey and Bryan Daniello each had two hits and a run batted in for the Huskies in the win, while Siena extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a third-inning single.

The Huskies are now 11-3 in their last 14 games. UConn will next play Boston College in their first home game of the season on Tuesday, March 31. First pitch is tentatively set for 3 p.m.

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