KENNESAW, Ga. – Anthony Kay fired eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball for the UConn baseball team (4-4) in a 7-0 victory at nationally-ranked Kennesaw State (5-4) on Saturday afternoon at Stillwell Baseball Stadium. The victory clinched the weekend series for the Huskies, their second consecutive series win.
Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) piched into the ninth inning and allowed only a pair of two-out singles, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning in his first win of the season. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) both homered to power the UConn offense, while Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.
For KSU, Travis Bergen went seven innings and allowed four runs on five hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts. The Huskies out-hit the Owls, 6-2, and capitalized on three Kennesaw errors without a defensive blemish of their own.
After Kay and Bergen worked through the first three innings unscathed, UConn jumped on the board in the top of the fourth. With one away, Siena singled and Bobb Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) walked before Davey crushed a three-run home run to deep left field and put UConn up 3-0.
The Owls picked up their first hit of the day off Kay with two away in the bottom of the fifth before the lefty got out of the frame unscathed. UConn stretched its lead to four in the top of the seventh with McDowell’s solo shot. After he fell behind in the count 0-2, McDowell fouled off four straight pitches before he worked the count even and cracked a deep home run over the left field wall.
The Huskies tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth, when Siena knocked in Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) with an RBI single and came home to score on a fielder’s choice to put UConn up 6-0. Connecticut manufactured another run in the top of the ninth, when Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) reached on an error, stole second and third and scored on a Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) groundout.
Kay started the ninth inning but was relieved by Trevor Holmes (Ashland, Mass.) after a leadoff walk. Holmes erased the walk with a 4-6-3 double play ball before he induced a fly-out to seal the victory.
UConn and Kennesaw State are scheduled to conclude their weekend series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch from Stillwell Baseball Stadium is scheduled for 12 p.m.
- Blake Davey’s fourth inning home run was his team-high second of the season. Davey led the Huskies with 10 long balls last season
- Max McDowell’s seventh inning solo shot was his first home run of the season and sixth of his career
- UConn hit multiple home runs in a game for the first time this season after going deep two or more times in a game four times in 2014
- Vinny Siena recorded his fourth multi-hit game of the season and is currently riding a five-game hitting streak
- Anthony Kay tied a career-high with eight innings pitched. After allowing only two hits, Kay is now holding opponents to a .095 batting average against through his 23.0 innings pitched
- Kay and Trevor Holmes combined to hurl UConn’s first shutout since May 13, 2014 vs. Rhode Island
- Max McDowell made his first career start in the outfield, getting the nod in left field