Oh, so close.
The ultimate dream of Omaha and the College World Series was in sight, but Connecticut’s magical, program-best season came to an end on Monday night.
With the No. 2 national seed in the other dugout, UConn earned its first-ever NCAA Super Regional win, 13-12, on Saturday night, but Stanford’s potent offense proved to be too much and slugged its way to back-to-back wins -- 8-2 on Sunday and 10-5 on Monday -- and a subsequent return trip to Omaha.
“(Stanford) can really swing it, and they executed,” said Huskies skipper Jim Penders, whose program is one of 15 in the country to make eight NCAA appearances since 2010 and has gone to four consecutive.