PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Despite a career-best 10-strikeout performance from Anthony Kay, the UConn baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Siena on Sunday afternoon at Tradition Field. The game evened the three-game set between the Huskies and Saints and moved both teams to 1-4 on the season.
Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) dazzled in a career-high eight innings pitched, allowing two runs (one earned) off three hits with a walk and his 10 strikeouts. Ed Lewicki started for Siena and tossed three scoreless frames before a 4.1 inning relief stint for Chris Amorosi, who also did not allow a run.
UConn’s lone offense came via a bottom of the ninth solo home run off the bat of Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.), who went 2-for-3 in the contest. The Huskies mustered only five hits after a season-high 16 in a win on Saturday.
Siena jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Justin Esquerra cracked an RBI double to left-center field and then scored on a passed ball. The Huskies responded with a pair of baserunners in each of the next two frames, but Lewicki was able to get clutch outs and keep UConn off the board.
Kay settled into a groove after the two leadoff runs and allowed only two hits over the next seven innings. One was erased by a lineout double play in the third inning and another was picked off by Kay with two outs in the fourth. Over the final four innings, Kay did not allow a baserunner and retired the final 12 batters he faced.
After the Saints tacked on a run against the UConn bullpen in the top of the ninth, Testani hit his solor home run deep to left field with one away in the bottom of the frame. That was all the Huskies could muster in the final frame against Siena closer Matt Quintana, who picked up his first save of the year.
UConn and Siena return to the diamond on Monday, Feb. 23 for a 1 p.m. start on Tradition Field #5. Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) is scheduled to make the start for the Huskies.
- Anthony Kay tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts in a career-long eight innings pitched. It marks the first double-digit strikeout performance for a Husky since Anthony Marzi on April 20, 2013 vs. USF
- Jon Testani’s ninth inning home run was his sixth career long ball. He also posted his first multi-hit game of the season
- Trevor Holmes made his team-high third appearance on the mound in the ninth inning