CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Fresh off a victory over No. 12 Missouri St., the UConn baseball team stayed hot, cruising past Austin Peay, 19-4, on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn. With the victory, UConn has won three-straight games and stands at 3-2 overall, while Austin Peay drops to 4-2.
Offensively, Connecticut recorded its third-straight game with at least 10 hits, finishing with 21 base knocks total, and has scored 40 runs during its winning streak. The 19 runs scored marked a season-best and the most since the team topped CCSU, 25-5, in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Five Huskies recorded multiple-hit games, including four-hit afternoons for Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) and Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.). In addition to his four hits, Yahn scored four times and notched three doubles and a pair of RBIs, while Gnesda tallied four RBIs, including a three-run homer. Senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin picked up his second homerun of the season, while Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) reached base four times and scored three runs from his leadoff spot.
UConn wasted no time, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Sundberg opened the game with a sharp single, followed by a double off the bat of Yahn. After a groundout, DeRoche-Duffin launched his second homer of the 2016 season, picking up three RBIs.
Senior co-captain Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) extended his hitting-streak to seven-straight in the second inning, driving in Yahn with a single to push the Husky advantage to 4-0. After tacking on a run in the third, the Huskies broke the game open in the fourth when Daniello delivered a two-out, bases-loaded double down the right field line to pick up his first two RBIs of the season.
The Governors broke onto the scoreboard in the fourth, scoring a run on an RBI double but Montgomerie limited the damage by stranding two in scoring position with his eighth strikeout of the afternoon. Yahn answered in the following half inning, picking an a one-out RBI double to score Troy Stefanski (North Stonington, Conn.), who tripled earlier in the inning.
Connecticut kept up its offensive charge in the seventh, putting up seven runs on five hits. Yahn doubled for the third time, scoring Stefanski before DeRoche-Duffin and Gnesda grabbed RBIs. After Hill reached on an error, Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn.) singled through the right side, plating a pair and extending the lead to 15-2.
Gnesda blasted a three-run homer in the eighth before Buckley rounded out the scoring with a solo shot in the top of the ninth.
UConn rounds out weekend play on Sunday, Feb. 28 when it takes on Alcorn St. at 12:30 p.m. ET.
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