UConn plays No. 25 Houston at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27
Huskies advance to winner's bracket to face Houston on Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m.
The third-seeded Huskies opened league tournament play with a win behind a complete-game from Anthony Kay
Connecticut scored six unanswered runs in the eighth and ninth innings to secure a win over Northeastern
The Huskies improved to 25-22 overall with a 5-0 midweek victory over the Minutemen
UCONN vs Houston AAC Tournament semifinal (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vs Houston AAC Tournament (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs Cincinnati AAC Tournament (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn Baseball Day 1 practice in Clearwater (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vs ECU Game 1 Dunkin Donuts Park, Hartford (photo by Stephen Slade)
2017 Summer: Played for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Baseball League and earned CCBL All-Star nod…Played in 41 games and hit .281 with 39 hits, three doubles, one triple and 12 RBIs…Scored 19 runs and swiped four bags during the season…First five games hit .444 (8-for-18)…Had a four-hit, four RBI game vs. Bourne (7/5)…Reached base in 12 of final 13 games of the season.
2017 Season: Played in 49 games and made 45 starts for the Huskies…Primarily played left field but made a few starts as the designated hitter when he had an injured shoulder…Hit .267, 47 hits, 24 runs, nine doubles, one triple and 12 RBIs…Third on the team with 10 stolen bases…Had 14 multi-hit games…Hit a two-run single at Santa Clara (3/14)….Had a multi-hit effort at BYU (3/17) with first extra-base hit of the season…Had four-straight two-hit games against Hartford (4/5) and vs. Memphis (4/7-4/9)…Registered a 10-game hit streak from 4/13-4/29, raising his average from .200 to .271 over the stretch…Named to American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on 4/24)...Went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in a win vs. Sacred Heart (5/9).
2016 Season: Made 49 appearances with 42 starts as a freshman…Was one of three Husky batters to hit over .300, finishing with a .303 batting average…Drove in 23 runs and swiped seven bags in eight attempts…Registered 13 multi-hit efforts and tallied five games with multiple RBIs…Named to the American Athletic Conference All-Tournament team…Went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs against Memphis in the conference tournament on May 25…Tallied two hits and scored a run in the league title game vs. Houston on May 29… Recorded a hit and drove in a pair of runs against Georgia Tech in NCAA Regional Action (June 5).
High School: Earned three varisty letters at Bishop Hendricken in Warwick, R.I. under head coach Ed Holloway...Named to the All-State First Team from 2013-15...Named the MVP of the 2015 Rhode Island Championship Series...Served as team captain during his senior season...A three-time All-Division team member...Named the Warwick Beacon’s 2015 Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Son of John and Kendra Toppa...Has one sister, Tatum...A political science major.