March 9, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For the third time in as many days, the UConn baseball team fell in extra innings at Florida, going down by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium at Perry Field. The loss drops the Huskies to 4-8 on the year, while the Gators improve to 10-6.
Each team secured 11 hits in the contest, with Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) leading the way for UConn with a 2-for-3, two run, one RBI day. Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) each went 2-for-5 with a run. McDowell also added an RBI for the Huskies, as did Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.).
Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) made his fourth Sunday start of the season for Connecticut and lasted 3.1 innings, allowing four runs via six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Karsten Whitson got the ball for Florida and also went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and three hits against three walks and three strikeouts.
The Huskies got the scoring started early, jumping on the board for two runs in the top of the first. After Sundberg walked to lead off the game, he moved up to third on a Yavarone single and scored on a Siena groundout. Yavarone then came in to score when Davey singled, giving UConn a 2-0 lead.
The Gators responded right back in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs off Ward to level the game at 2-2. Florida loaded the bases in the bottom of the third with no outs, but Ward was able to limit the damage to a sacrifice fly and UF took a 3-2 lead to the fourth.
The Huskies re-took the lead, 5-4, in the top of the sixth thanks to RBI hits from McDowell and Daniello after Davey led off the inning with a double. Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) entered for UConn in the bottom of the inning, and after loading the bases got a fly ball to escape the inning.
Kay worked scoreless seventh and eighth innings for UConn after his clean sixth, allowing the Huskies to hold their one-run lead. The Gators tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run, before Kay sent the game to extras for the third straight day.
UConn loaded the bases with one away in the top of the 10th, but Bobby Poyner (3-2) came out of the pen for the Gators and worked out of the jam. Josh Tobias led off the bottom of the inning with a triple against Patrick Ruotolo (1-2), eventually coming in to score on a walk-off bunt single from Casey Turgeon.
Up next, UConn gears up for its first game in the Nutmeg State when it tavels to Bridgeport for a game on Wednesday, March 12 at Sacred Heart. First pitch between the Huskies and Pioneers is set for 3:30 p.m.
- Eric Yavarone recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season. The junior also stole his first base of the season after swiping eight bags in 2013.
- Vinny Siena’s 10th inning single extended his hitting streak to 17 games, dating back to last season. He has hit safely in all 12 games this year and has reached base in 23 straight contests.
- UConn and Florida went to extra innings for the third straight game. The Huskies have played extra innings in six of their 12 games this season, and are 2-4 in such contests.
- UConn plated five runs in the third game of the series after mustering one in 21 innings in the first two games at Florida.