UConn has had trouble getting production out of the third base spot for all of 2019, presenting a dilemma for head coach Jim Penders. After David Langer’s heroics on Tuesday, a walk-off single to send the Huskies into the second round of the NCAA tournament, Penders might no longer have one.
The UConn baseball team took down the University of Hartford 9-1 in their home opener. Behind an encouraging outing from Tim Cate, a leadoff homer in the second from Isaac Feldstein, an insurance-run double by Anthony Prato and the barrage of runs scored in the eighth, UConn seemed to have their swagger back.
With home-ice advantage in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs and the longest winning streak in program at stake, the Huskies dropped the ball on their regular season finale. They came out flat and the UMass Minutemen took advantage, jumping out to an early 2-1 lead in the first period and doing just enough to eek out the 3-2 victory.
The loss drops UConn to 15-17-2 on the season and leaves their status for next weekend up in the air.
It was a tale of two halves for the UConn Huskies on Thursday night against conference rival Tulsa. In the first half, the ball effectively rode the hot hand of Christian Vital to a 40-31 halftime lead. Maybe the Huskies thought that the 10,656 fans in attendance deserved their money’s worth, because they let Tulsa back into the ball game with an early halftime run.