HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State Bearkats pounded out 11 hits, but UConn took advantage of each Bearkat mistake as the Huskies evened up the weekend series with a 9-4 win on Saturday afternoon at Don Sanders Stadium.
UConn (26-17) took advantage of eight free passes and three Bearkat (23-17) errors in the game, and got four shutout innings from the bullpen combination of CJ Dandeneau and Caleb Wurster to shut the door.
The Kats had things all square at 3-3 after four frames, but UConn scored in five straight frames from the third to the seventh innings, getting SHSU to hit into four double plays in the game.
Bearkat starter Cody Wolf allowed just one run and struck out three, but lasted just 2.1 innings before SHSU went to the bullpen. The Huskies managed to get to the pen for eight of their nine runs before Landon Ausley turned in 2.2 scoreless innings.
Cole Wesneski took the loss, despite allowing just one hit in his 1.2 innings, while UConn starter Jeff Kersten moved to 4-3 on the year with the win. He went 5.0 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits, but struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Riley McKnight and Hunter Hearn combined for five of the Kats’ 11 hits, with McKnight picking up three of his own. Clayton Harp also had two hits in four at-bats, while Chase Cryer, Jackson Loftin and Hearn each had an RBI apiece.
The teams will square off once again in the rubber match of the series on Sunday morning at The Don with first pitch set for 11 a.m.