HARTFORD, CT — Sophomore left-hander Tim Cate of Connecticut pitched a complete game shutout against East Carolina as the Huskies topped the Pirates 6-0 on Thursday night at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
UConn improved to 30-22 overall and 13-9 in the American Athletic Conference as Cate (4-3) allowed five hits and struck out eight.
ECU (28-26, 6-16) was shut out for the first time since a 6-0 loss to N.C. State at home on April 26.
The series with the Huskies shifts to J.O. Christian Field in Storrs for a 3 p.m. game today.
Jacob Wolfe started for the Pirates as ECU coach Cliff Godwin rested senior lefty Evan Kruczynski for the AAC Tournament in Clearwater, FL, next week.
Wolfe slipped to 4-4 as he went five and one-third innings. Wolfe yielded nine hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Davis Kirkpatrick and Ryan Ross finished on the mound for the Pirates.
ECU got the leadoff man on base in six innings. The Huskies turned three double plays and did not give up an extra-base hit.
Travis Watkins had two singles to lead the Pirates at the plate.
Zac Susi had three of UConn’s 11 hits. Alex LeFevre had two hits and three RBIs for the Huskies.
LeFevre’s three-run homer in the third put the hosts ahead to stay.