One more in Clemson

CLEMSON - UConn's dramatic 7-6 victory over host Clemson on Sunday night did more for the Huskies than merely extend their season, according to coach Jim Penders.

"That's a memorable win – not just for our team, but for our program," Penders said.

Ryan Fuller delivered a two-out single to left in the bottom of the ninth to score LJ Mazzilli with the winning run and set up Monday's night deciding game. The winner will play the South Carolina-Stetson victor. Trailing most of the night, the Huskies (44-18-1) finally grabbed a 6-4 lead on Tim Martin's two-run single in the eighth, only to have Clemson's Spencer Kieboom tie the score with a two-run single in the Tigers' ninth.

But UConn came right back. Mazzilli led off with a single to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice. He scored easily on Fuller's grounder through the left side. UConn, which won a regional game last year for the first time in 31 years, has won three straight since being routed by Coastal Carolina in the regional's opening game.

On offense, the Huskies hit the Tigers with an assortment of bunts and hit-and-runs. UConn tied the game at 4 in the eighth on Nick Ahmed's bunt single.

"We're finally playing UConn baseball – having fun and laying it all on the line," said Fuller.

Fuller's single to left off reliever Scott Weismann (3-5) scored LJ Mazzilli, who led off the inning with a single. UConn stopper Kevin Vance (1-0) got the win despite blowing his first save in 15 chances.

The Tigers (43-19) led 4-1 until Doug Elliot's long, two-run homer in the sixth chased Clemson starter Justin Sarratt. Elliot also drove in the Huskies' first run.

"It came down to a lot of things, not just the end of the game," Clemson coach Jack Leggett said.

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