University of Connecticut baseball clinched the Big East tournament title Sunday, taking down Xavier 10-6 in a winner-take-all game to earn an automatic bid in the NCAA Div. I tournament.
The title is UConn’s fourth, and will mark the third straight NCAA tournament appearance. It’s the seventh time the Huskies made the tournament since 2010.
UConn dropped the first game of the day 5-4, putting them in a win-or-go home game against the Musketeers.
Trailing early, a Chris Brown base into the gap scored David Langer to tie the game 1-1. Kyler Fedko and Chris Winkel each chipped in RBI singles in the fourth inning, giving UConn come insurance near the midway point at 5-1.
Fedko had an RBI double in the seventh to made the game 7-1, the biggest lead of the game for UConn in the game.
Xavier cut the score back, scoring twice, but Pat winkel’s two-run single made it a six-run game again at 9-3.
On the mound, Caleb Wurster shut the door with 3 1/3 innings of work to earn a save, clinching both the Big East regular season title and tournament title – the first time UConn has ever done so in program history.
Fedko, Brown and Erik Stock each drove in two runs.
Fedko also scored twice, along with David Langer and Zach Bushling.
Wurster’s ninth save of the season saw him strike out five and walk one. Justin Willis pitched two innings, striking out five and walking three. Randy Polonia also pitched two innings, punching out two.
UConn opens regional play in South Bend against Michigan (27-17) at 7 p.m. Friday, June 4 on ESPN3. UConn was given the No. 2 seed in the bracket, while Michigan is the three seed.
The game preceding UConn and Michigan will be No. 10 Notre Dame (30-11) against Central Michigan (40-16). The two will face off at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 4.
If UConn loses, it’ll face the loser of the earlier game. Should the Huskies win, they’ll face the winner of the other game. The bracket is double-elimination format.