STORRS, Conn. -- No. 25 Houston Baseball suffered a 3-2 heartbreaker on Friday in Storrs, Conn. as UConn earned the victory in Game 1 of the three-game American Athletic Conference series.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 20-13 on the year and 3-4 in league play, while UConn improved to 17-15 and 3-3 with the win.
Houston played its fifth straight one-run game on Friday.
Houston and UConn will continue the three-game series with Game 2 on Saturday at Noon CT and wrap at 11 a.m. CT Sunday. The Cougars will then return home to host the next five games, beginning with a midweek matchup vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Darryl & Lori Schroeder Park.
Houston starter Andrew Lantrip (6.2,10,3,3,1,3) held a lead until the bottom of the sixth when UConn scored two runs to retake its lead and never look back. The right-hander fell to 4-5 on the year after surrendering three runs on 10 hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
UConn jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning after a three-hit inning. Lantrip was able to strand the bases loaded to keep the Huskies limited to just one run in the frame.
Houston would even the score in the top of the fourth after senior Michael Pyeatt led off the frame with a double down the right field line. He moved to second on a UConn fielding error and to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Justin Montemayor. With one out, Campbell would plate Pyeatt on a sacrifice fly into left field to make it a 1-1 game.
The Cougars got a huge two-out RBI-single from Davis to put them ahead, 2-1 in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Connor Wong scored on the play after reaching on an infield single with one out and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pyeatt -- setting up a chance to score with a runner in scoring position.
UConn responded with a two-run inning, to retake its lead at 3-2 thanks to four hits and a two-run single in the sixth.
Lantrip would surrender a two-out single in the seventh and hand the ball to teammate John King (1.1,1,0,0,0,1) -- who made his first relief appearance of the year.
UConn starter and American Preseason Co-Pitcher of the Year Anthony Kay (8.0,6,2,1,2,7) earned the win, moving to 4-2 on the year after allowing just one earned run on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Teammate Patrick Ruotolo (0.2,0,0,0,0,2) struck out a pair for his second save of the year.
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