UConn falls short in AAC baseball championship semis

The UConn baseball team fought to the end of the American Athletic Conference championship semifinals Saturday but left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and lost to East Carolina 4-2 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The loss almost certainly killed any chance of a bid to the NCAA tournament. UConn, the No. 6 seed in the AAC tournament, is 35-25. The No .2 seed Pirates (39-20) advanced to Sunday’s championship game against top-seed Houston.

The Huskies had runners on base in every inning and out-hit the Pirates 10-6 but left 13 runners on base. ECU took a 2-0 lead after chasing UConn starter William Montgomerie in the first inning. UConn  cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first with a Blake Davey double. The Pirates added single runs in the fifth and eighth innings to go up 4-1, before the Huskies scratched across a run and put the potential go-ahead run on first in a ninth-inning rally that fell short.

The game was delayed 2 hours, 36 minutes by rain in the eighth inning.

The NCAA field will be announced Monday. Baseball America predicts Houston, Tulane, East Carolina and South Florida will represet the AAC.

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