CLEARWATER. Fl – After yesterday’ loss to UCF, UConn head coach Jim Penders talked of missed opportunities, but promised his team would come back strong against the 13th ranked Houston Cougars. Turns out Coach Penders comments proved to be prophetic.
UConn got five solid innings from starter Jordan Tabakan and Anthony Kay was stellar out of bullpen as the Huskies beat the Cougars 7-2.Tabaken scattered eight hits and allowed two earned runs.
“We fought like crazy, Jordan Tabakan worked his way through some touch innings, and Anthony Kay comes in with the bases loaded and he is smiling when he gets the ball and got the job done. ” said Penders. ” If we didn’t come out ready to fight today, I would have been disappointed, I expected them to bounce back and they did”.
Offensively the Huskies jumped on Houston starter Jake Lemoine early scoring once in the first and twice in the second. UConn added a run when Jon Testani homered to left center to increase the Huskie lead to 4-2.
UConn scored three more runs in the eight on four hits to take a 7-2 lead, leaving Kay needing just three outs to secure the win.
Lemoine pitched into the sixth for Houston allowing three runs, two earned on four hits. He struck out two and walked two. Connnor Hollis and Frankie Ratcliff has there hits each for the Cougars.
Houston takes a 1-1 record into a game with No 2 seeded UCF on Friday. UConn will get a day off and come back to play No 6 seeded Temple on Saturday.