CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- For the fourth-consecutive game, the UConn baseball team stayed red-hot on offense, powering past Alcorn St., 25-3, on Sunday in the team's final game at the 2016 Governors Challenge at Raymond C. Hand Park. With the victory, the Huskies improve to 4-2, while the Braves drop to 1-8 overall.
UConn's 25-run output marked the most the team has scored in a game since it tallied 25 runs in a victory over in-state rival Central Connecticut in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Over UConn's current four-game winning streak, the team has scored 65 runs and reached the 10-hit plateau in all four.
As a team, UConn collected 23 hits, including four players with three hits each. Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) went 3-for-6 with four runs scored from the leadoff spot, while senior co-captain Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, three runs scored and three RBIs. Additionally, senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) led the team with four RBIs, while freshman catcher Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) turned in his best afternoon as a Husky, going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored at the dish.
Junior RHP Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) picked up his first win of the season, tossing 5.0 innings of three-run ball (one earned) with five strikeouts. His counterpart Daniel Belmont was hit with the loss after surrendering 13 runs (nine earned) in just 2.0 innings of work.
Daniello gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead just two batters into the game when he lifted his first homer of the season to right field, before Gnesda pushed the edge to 2-0 with an RBI single through the left side. The Huskies scored seven times in the second inning, highlighted by RBI base knocks from Melley, DeRoche-Duffin and Hill.
Sophomore OF Troy Stefanski (Stonington, Conn.) got into the action in the third, leading off the frame with a solo shot to right before DeRoche-Duffin, Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) and freshman John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) notched RBIs.
The team struck big in the sixth, plating six runs on four hits and taking advantage of three Alcorn St. errors. Melley started the scoring with a two-run double, followed up by a two-run single with the bases-loaded from Susi.
Junior transfer Keith Krueger (Las Vegas, Nevada) notched his first two RBIs as a Husky in the seventh, doubling down the left field line to score Daniello and Yahn.
The Huskies return to the diamond for a three-game set at Liberty on March 4-6. Check back with uconnhuskies.com on Wednesday afternoon for a complete series preview.
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