Huskies Face Irish in Three-Game Series

STORRS, Conn. – With the start of the Big East baseball tournament less than a week away, the Connecticut Huskies will be looking to pick up some momentum as they host Notre Dame in a three-game series that wraps up the regular season.

Thursday's game starts at 3 p.m. in Storrs. The teams match up Friday at 6 p.m. at New Britain Stadium, then return to Storrs for an 11 a.m. start on Saturday.

UConn will be trying to bounce back from a three-game sweep at the hands of South Florida last weekend in Tampa. The Huskies played a non-conference game against Rhode Island Tuesday in Norwich but that resulted in a 2-2 tie following a two-hour rain delay in the top of the ninth inning.

The Huskies are 27-24-1 overall and are in fifth place in the Big East with a 14-10 record, trailing St. John's, Louisville, USF and Seton Hall. Rutgers and Notre Dame, tied at 13-11, have qualified for a berth to Big East tournament – along with the top five teams.

"It's never good when you've lost three in a row," UConn coach Jim Penders said of team morale after practice at J.O. Christian Field Wednesday. "But the best medicine is work. We had a good workday today. It was a low-key practice but they got some good swings in and got some good ground balls in the Shenkman facility. So, hopefully, we're in a good place."

The sweep at USF last weekend marked the first time the Huskies were swept in a Big East series since April 2009 when St. John's turned the trick in Storrs. Senior David Fischer and sophomore Anthony Marzi both pitched complete games and lost. Marzi has lost three times this season while pitching a complete game.

The Huskies have gone 21 consecutive games without a starting pitcher recording a win.

And the Huskies have struggled to score runs. That will be hard to turn around with Notre Dame in town. The Irish pitching staff has issued just seven walks in its last 56 innings. Eight of Notre Dame's losses in the Big East have been by two runs or less.

"It's Notre Dame," Penders said. "If you can't get fired up for Notre Dame, there's something wrong."

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