March 2, 2014
NASHVILLE - The UConn baseball team was felled by a huge eighth inning in the series finale at Lipscomb, dropping a 14-1 decision on Sunday afternoon at Dugan Field. The loss drops UConn to 4-5 on the young season, while Lipscomb moves to 4-8. The Huskies won game one of the series on Friday, but the Bisons came back to win the final two and take the weekend series.
Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) took the ball for UConn and allowed four runs, three earned, in a season-high seven innings-plus of work. Ward (1-1) allowed 11 hits and a walk to go with seven strikeouts. Denton Norman got the start for Lipscomb and pitched well, going six scoreless innings and allowing four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
The Huskies only mustered six hits on the afternoon, scratching across a run in the ninth inning when Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) hit his first home run of the year. Davey was 2-for-4 overall on the day, the lone Husky with more than one hit. Conversely, Lipscomb pounded out 19 hits on the day en route to 14 runs. The game was close until the eighth inning, when the Bisons exploded for 12 runs to break the game open.
The Bisons jumped on the board in the bottom of the second inning, putting up the first runs of the contest. Lipscomb pumped out three straight two-out hits, capped by a two-run triple off the bat of Allison, and took a 2-0 lead.
UConn threatened by putting a pair of runners on each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but each time Norman (1-1) was able to work out of the jams he was faced with. Ward matched him in effectiveness by striking out the side in the fifth before a 1-2-3 sixth inning. The Bisons put two on with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Ward induced a double play ball to keep it a two-run game.
Drew Adams led off the eighth with a double, coming around to score on another two-bagger off the bat of Tyson Ashcraft that made it 3-0 and ended Ward's day. Lipscomb was able to stretch its lead to 14-0 by teeing off against the UConn bullpen, in total scoring 12 runs in the eighth inning.
Davey's long ball to right came with one away in the top of the ninth to allow UConn to avoid the shutout.
UConn returns to action next weekend when it travels to Gainesville, Fla. for a three-game set with No. 23 Florida. Game one against the Gators is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch on Friday, March 7, before a 3 p.m. start on March 8 and a 1 p.m. matinee on March 9.
- Blake Davey's home run in the ninth inning was the first of his UConn career.
- Vinny Siena singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, dating back to last season. Siena has hit safely in all nine games this year and has reached base safely in 20 consecutive games, dating back to 2013.
- Aaron Hill connected on a fifth-inning single and has reached base in eight of nine games this season.
- Brian Ward had a season-high seven strikeouts in seven-plus innings of work, also a new 2014-best mark.