BROOKLINE, Mass. - Down 8-3 entering the eighth inning, the UConn baseball team scored six unanswered runs to top Northeastern, 9-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Friedman Diamond. With the non-conference win, Connecticut improves to 26-22, while Northeastern drops to 26-22 overall.
The Huskies jump to 55-18-1 all-time against the Boston-based Huskies and have won six of the last seven meetings.
Senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) delivered his second multi-homer game of the season in the win, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and four RBIs, while fellow senior Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) collected two hits in four at-bats, including his fourth home run of the season.
Junior DH Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) notched his second-straight multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4, while Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) delivered the go-ahead run with a two-RBI double in the ninth.
Junior closer Patrick Ruotolo (2-1) picked up his second win of the season, striking out all four batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.
For the second-straight game, UConn got off to a quick start, scoring three times in the top of the third. Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) opened up the frame with a ringing single to center and came around to score on an RBI single off the bat of Melley. Next up, DeRoche-Duffin unloaded his conference-leading 13th home run of the season over the fence in left to push the Connecticut lead to 3-0.
Northeastern took its first lead of the contest in the fifth, plating five runs on two hits and taking advantage of five walks.
Connecticut answered with three runs in the top of the eighth, highlighted by a three-run shot to right off the bat of Daniello.
The Huskies regained the lead in the ninth. After DeRoche-Duffin blasted a solo shot to left center to cut the deficit to 8-7, Daniello walked and John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) singled. Next up, Susi roped a two-run double into the leftfield corner to push UConn out ahead, 9-8.
The team returns to American Athletic Conference play on Friday, May 13 when it opens up a three-game series vs. UCF at J.O. Christian Field. A complete weekend preview will be available on Thursday afternoon.
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