The UConn baseball team is in the Big East championship game – and one win away from the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies defeated Rutgers, 2-1, on Saturday to clinch a spot in an improbable winner-take-all final atBright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
UConn, which finished 9-14 in the league during the season and seeded eighth in the tournament, will play No. 7 Notre Dame (10-14) for the Big East’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth on Sunday at noon. The game will be on on ESPN 3, WTIC.com and WHUS 91.7 FM.
The Irish advanced by beating Pittsburgh, 3-2, on Satirday morning.
The Huskies began the tournament with a 12-inning victory over Louisville, the top seed, on Wednesday and remained in the winner’s bracket when they rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat South Florida on Thursday night. One by one, the top seeds were eliminated.
UConn had to win one of two games against No.5 Rutgers, but sophomore Jordan Tabakman made the second game unnecessary with seven strong innings, allowing six hits, with no walks and six strikeouts, handing the lead to the UConn bullpen, which has been stellar in this tournament. Dan Feehan, David Mahoney and Pat Butler got the final six outs. Butler stranded the tying and go-ahead runs to get the save.
LJ Mazzilli doubled to drive in a run in the first inning, and scored on a wild pitch, the only run UConn could get against Rugters lefty Rob Corsi.
Notre Dame swept a three game series against UConn in South Bend in April, outscoring the Huskies 28-10 in the series.
– Courant Staff Reports
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