HookC Guts Out 8-6 Extra-Inning Win at Kent State

KENT, Ohio – The No. 25 UConn baseball team (19-6) gutted out an 8-6 victory in 10 innings at Kent State on Saturday afternoon at Schoonover Stadium.

The Huskies and Golden Flashes were deadlocked, 2-2, entering the seventh inning when both teams exploded for three runs apiece.

Casey Dana got the scoring going for the Huskies with a two-run homer in the first inning. 

Matt Garbowski gave UConn a 3-2 lead on an RBI single to left center. After a Zach Bushling sacrifice fly, Bryan Padilla added a two-out RBI single to push the UConn lead 5-2. 

Kent State responded with a three-spot of its own but stranded the go-ahead run at third base against right-hander Ian Cooke.

The freshman settled down after coming in out of the bullpen in the seventh. He fired two scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth innings to push the game into extras.

After back-to-back singles from Padilla and Erik Stock in the 10th, Dana delivered a three-run homer, his second of the day, to make it 8-5 Huskies. 

Justin Willis came out of the pen and secured his sixth save of the season and second in as many days. 

UConn starting pitcher Pat Gallagher got the no decision with 6.1 strong innings of work, allowing just four hits, two walks and nine strikeouts.

The Huskies will look to go for the sweep on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.

Game Notes

  • With the win, the Huskies secure another series win. UConn has won all seven of its non-conference weekends.
  • The Huskies are 3-0 in extra-inning games with all three wins coming in the 10th inning.
  • Casey Dana is the second Husky to have a multi-homer game this season.
  • Dana’s five runs batted in are the most for a Husky this season.