COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)Ben Huber dropped a double in front of a diving centerfielder in the top of the ninth inning and No. 3 seed UConn held off second-seeded Wake Forest 8-7 on Friday in the College Park Regional.
Lucas Costello couldn’t come up with the diving catch and David Smith, who reached on a fielding error to lead off the ninth, scored easily from second to break the tie.
UConn starter Austin Peterson struck out 11 in six innings and Justin Willis (2-1) went 1 2/3 scoreless innings to secure the win.
Casey Dana led UConn (47-13) with three hits and two RBIs, and Huber and Bryan Padilla also had two RBIs apiece.
Wake Forest starter Rhett Lowder went 6 1/3 innings while allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs. Camden Minacci (2-4) pitched the ninth.
Wake Forest (40-18-1) had tied it at 7 after a four-run eighth inning, capped by Adam Cecere’s two-run homer to center.
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