LYNCHBURG, Va. – Playing in its first rubber game of the season, the UConn baseball team dropped a 5-4 contest to Liberty on Sunday in Lynchburg, Va. With the setback, the Huskies fall to 5-4 overall, while the Flames end the third weekend of play with a 7-5 record.
Offensively, Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer and hit-by-pitch from the leadoff spot, while senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) picked up a double and two RBIs.
Freshman RHP Ronnie Rossomando (0-1) took the hill for his first collegiate start and lasted 4.1 innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits with a strikeout. Liberty hurler Zander Clouse grabbed the win with 7.2 innings of four-run ball.
Sundberg crushed the four pitch of the game into the stands in right field, collecting his second career homer and giving the Huskies an early 1-0 edge.
Liberty answered with an unearned run in the second, taking advantage of a two-out throwing error by the Huskies. Connecticut pushed ahead, 2-1, in the third after Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) delivered his first two-out RBI of the season, singling home redshirt-junior catcher Alex LeFevre (Mansfield Center, Conn.), who opened the frame with an infield single.
Liberty struck back in the home half of the fifth, scoring twice when Nick Walker singled up the middle with runners on second and third.
In the eighth, UConn clawed to within 5-4 after DeRoche-Duffin ripped a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Yahn.
UConn vs. Yale | March 8 | J.O. Christian Field | Storrs, Conn.
Connecticut opens up its 21-game home schedule on Tuesday, March 8 when it welcomes in-state foe Yale to J.O. Christian Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. with radio coverage on WHUS.org, 91.7 FM.
UConn boasted a 9-7 home record a season ago, including a 3-1 record against non-conference foes. The Huskies topped Yale, 18-1, during the 2015 season, highlighted by a three-hit, four RBI performance from 3B Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.)
Connecticut owns a 41-21-1 all-time record against Yale in a series dating back to 1943. The Huskies are in search of their first home opening win since 2013 when they topped Quinnipiac, 4-2, in a seven-inning affair.