KENNESAW, Ga. – The UConn baseball team dropped a 6-1 decision at nationally-ranked Kennesaw State on Sunday afternoon at Stillwell Baseball Stadium. The contest was the conclusion of a three-game weekend series after the Huskies (4-5) picked up wins over the Owls (6-4) on Friday and Saturday.
UConn’s offense came via a solo home run off the bat of Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) in the sixth inning, Davey’s second long-ball in as many days. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) each went 2-for-4 in the setback.
Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) made his third start of the year for UConn and lasted six innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts. For KSU, Gabe Friese also went six frames and gave up a run on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
UConn threatened in the top of the fourth when Melley and Davey picked up singles to lead off the inning, and a walk loaded the bases with two away before Friese recorded a strikeout to end the frame. The Owls struck for the game’s first runs in the bottom half of the inning, when they scored a pair with unearned runs off two RBI groundouts after a UConn error.
With one away in the top of the sixth, Davey cut the Kennesaw lead in half with a solo home run over the right field wall. The Owls jumped right back up 3-1 in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Chris Erwin, and extended their lead to five later in the inning when Alex Liquori cracked a three-run home run to left field.
Tabakman was relieved by Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.) following the sixth, and after Slade tossed a clean seventh inning Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.) came on for a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth. Erwin took to the mound for KSU for the final three innings and breezed through the Huskies with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, striking out the side to notch a nine-out save and seal the victory.
Up next, UConn heads to the Sunshine State for the third time this season when it takes on Florida International in a three-game set in Miami. The Huskies and Panthers will begin their weekend series on Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m.
- Blake Davey’s sixth inning home run was his third of the year and second in as many days
- Bobby Melley recorded his first mult-hit game of the season after 21 last season
- Jack Sundberg also had a mult-hit game, his team-high fifth of the season