CLEARWATER, FL — UCONN’s Vinny Siena completed a three hit day with his biggest hit of all, an RBI single to centerfield in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead UConn to a 4-3 victory against UCF in the sixth game of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship at Bright House Field.
UConn, the No. 6 seed, stays alive in the double-elimination format as the Huskies advanced to face either Tulane or East Carolina Friday at 3 p.m. ET.
UCF, the No. 7 seed, was eliminated from the tournament with its second straight walk-off loss.
UCONN starter Carson Cross worked seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked one. Patrick Ruotolo and Anthony Kay combined to work four innings of shutout relief, with Kay picking up the win.
Freshman Cre Finfrock worked 6 2/3 for the UCF allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked four. Robby Howell took the loss in relief for Knights.
UConn took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh as the Huskies took advantage of four consecutive two-out walks.
Dylan Moore led off the top of the eighth with a solo home run to left field for UCF to tie the game and chase Cross from the contest.
Joe DeRoche-Duffin went 3-for-5 for the Huskies, while Jack Sundberg went 2-for-5.
“We’re more talented than last year, but whats frustrating is we were winning close games earlier in the season, and the last five weeks or so , we’ve only won one game decided by 0ne or two runs and it was getting old so we needed that.” said UCONN head coach Jim Penders. “Anybody can beat anybody on any given day in this conference, its a very difficult conference.”