Prout alum Mason Feole put his unbeaten record on the line on Friday evening as the University of Connecticut baseball team traipsed its way to the Midwest to take on American Athletic Conference newcomer Wichita State.
Earlier in the day, the Huskies started their weekend set with the 20th-ranked Shockers in fine style, riding a five-run sixth inning to a 7-4 decision.
By the time that Feole took to the mound in the nightcap, the UConn nine batted around and hung another five spot on the scoreboard, with Isaac Feldstein and Chris Winkel each delivering with doubles that scored a pair of runs.
The former Crusader had a jittery beginning to his outing, allowing a leadoff single followed by a four-pitch walk and a wild pitch before successfully retiring the following three batters in order, although Luke Ritter managed to cross home for Wichita State.
After the Shockers added another run in the second, Feole started to hit his stride in the third, recovering from putting the leadoff man on to chalk up three strikeouts, including a full-count fanning of Trey Vickers with two outs and Ritter standing 90 feet from home.
Further run support was provided in the Huskies’ half of the fourth, with back-to-back home runs from Feldstein and Thad Phillips.
Now armed with an 8-2 lead, Feole picked up two more strikeouts in the bottom of the frame, with Dayton Dugas and Ritter observing their respective third strikes in between allowing Josh DeBacker to reach via a throwing error and walking Jordan Boyer.
In the fifth, the sophomore southpaw only faced one batter above the minimum, allowing Gunnar Troutwine to reach on his second four-pitch walk of the evening, before achieving his only one-two-three frame in the sixth with the aid of a pair of strikeouts.
Feole’s reward for retiring the Shockers in order was a well-earned rest after throwing 120 pitches while scattering three hits and striking out eight, with half of his K’s being scrawled backwards on the scorecard.
The UConn bullpen took care of things in the final three innings, combining for four further strikeouts and only allowing a single base on balls to preserve a 9-4 victory, Feole’s fifth of the season.
Feole is now 5-0 with a 2.96 ERA and leads the team with 63 strikeouts.
Two days later, the Huskies were unable to pull off the sweep as Wichita State tore open a 7-6 game in their half of the seventh with a six-run frame to eventually salvage the series with a 15-7 triumph.
UConn earned a spot in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 with the series win over the Shockers, checking in at No. 24.
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