PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The UConn baseball team (1-3) registered 16 hits to pick up its first victory of 2015, a 12-4 triumph over Siena (0-4) on Saturday afternoon at Tradition Field #5. The contest, the first of a three-game series was played at the spring training complex of the New York Mets.
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 3-for-4 at the dish and Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) drove in three runs and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) recorded two RBIs in the victory. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.), Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) and Siena all scored twice, and every Husky in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. Overall, 14 position players saw action in the contest for Connecticut.
Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) got the start and was solid for UConn, firing seven innings of two-run ball off five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. He was opposed by Bryan Goossens who lasted 3.2 innings for Siena and allowed three runs off six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Brian Fay followed a pair of singles with a sacrifice fly. The lead was short-lived, as McDowell delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the first to give the Huskies a 2-1 advantage.
Siena leveled the contest at 2-2 with a Dave Hoffmann home run in the top of the fourth, but the Huskies got it back in the bottom of the frame when they scored on an error. After a quiet fifth, UConn broke the contest open with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. DeRoche-Duffin got the scoring started with a two-run double, before Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) notched an RBI single. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) followed two batters later with a deep RBI double to center field, and DeRoche-Duffin also picked an RBI walk with the bases loaded to put UConn up 10-2.
Siena drove in Hill with an RBI double in the seventh, and Griffin Garabedian (Hamden, Conn.) notched an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth for UConn’s 12th run. The Saints scored twice in the top of the ninth before UConn closed out the 12-4 victory.
UConn and Siena continue their weekend series tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. contest at Tradition Field.
- Vinny Siena recorded his first three-hit game of the season and first since March 22, 2014 at USF
- Jack Sundberg has recorded multiple hits in his last two contests
- Blake Davey has hit safely in all four games this season
- Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) picked up his first career hit in the eighth inning, and Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn.) drew a walk in his first UConn plate appearance in the same inning. Troy Stefanski (North Stonington, Conn.) joined those two in making his UConn debut in the contest
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