Prout graduate Mason Feole will be competing in the NCAA baseball tournament for the second straight season, as Connecticut received an at-large bid when the bracket was unveiled on Monday.
The Huskies were slotted in as the second seed of the Oklahoma City regional, where they will begin play on Friday against Nebraska, who will be making their third tournament appearance in the last four years.
Rounding out the four-team regional will be host and No. 9 national seed Oklahoma State, looking to win a first national title since 1959, and Harvard, which got the better of South Kingstown alum Liam McGill’s Columbia squad to win the Ivy League.
Before they learned their fate, the Huskies headed down to Clearwater, Florida, to compete in the American Athletic Conference tournament last week, with the Huskies dropping the championship game to Cincinnati 22-5 on Sunday after winning their first three contests.
Feole started Thursday’s game against Wichita State, giving up five hits and just as many runs with three strikeouts in five innings of work as UConn broke a 7-7 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to claim a 9-7 decision over the Shockers.
Entering the tournament, the ex-Crusader has compiled a 3-3 record on the season with a 3.50 earned run average, leading the team for the second time in as many years with 75 strikeouts.
Feole’s next strikeout will place him atop UConn’s career leaderboard. He tied the record of 270 with his three strikeouts in Thursday’s game.
Manown plays on big stage
Saunderstown native Joey Manown was on the receiving end of a double-overtime heartbreak for Duke on Saturday in the national semifinals of the NCAA lacrosse tournament against Virginia.
The Cavaliers outlasted the Blue Devils in an all-Atlantic Coast Conference encounter 13-12, coming from 12-10 down with 1:25 left in regulation to force bonus lacrosse before Ian Laviano scored the game-winner deep into the second extra session.
Manown got his name on the scoresheet with 4:27 remaining in the second quarter, which at the time put Duke ahead 4-2 and was the third unanswered goal of four scored in the frame by the Blue Devils.
It proved to be the 26th and last marker of the spring for the La Salle and Deerfield Academy product, who also wrapped up his junior season with 11 assists and 31 ground balls to his name.
A quartet of North Kingstown alumnae took to the seas off Newport this past week to participate in the women’s national championship regatta, with the meet serving as a return to the Ocean State for the bulk of the sailors.
Leading the way was South Florida’s Marina Barzaghi, who finished in 12th place in the A division finals alongside crewmates Darby Capellin and Delaney Brown, and Addie Sutton of Cornell, who helped the Big Red to finish 10th in the B division finals.
Also competing were Delaney Bamford, who represented Rhode Island en route to a 16th place result in the overall final standings, and Caroline Bourgeois of Jacksonville, who was the only sailor of the group who did not qualify for the finals by virtue of an 11th place finish in the Dolphins’ semifinal group.