March 14, 2014
PHILADELPHIA – The UConn baseball team exploded for an eight-run eighth inning to top St. Peter’s, 10-1, on Friday morning at Hank DeVincent Field. The game, played at the home stadium of La Salle, was UConn’s first in the Big 5 Baseball Bash. The Huskies moved to 6-8 with the win, while the Peacocks drop to 2-10.
The Huskies pounded out 10 hits on the day, with Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) leading the charge by going 4-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) was 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs and two RBIs, both coming via a two-run home run. Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair, and Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) was 1-for-4 with a run and two batted in.
Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) got the start on the mound for the Huskies and allowed one run, unearned, in 6.1 innings of work after scattering nine hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Zach Hopf started for St. Peter’s and lasted six innings, surrendering two earned runs and five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
The Huskies scratched across the game’s first run, jumping on the board in the bottom of the fourth. After Davey drew a one-out walk, he moved to third on a single to right field from Melley. McDowell drove in Davey with an RBI double, and UConn took a 1-0 lead to the fifth.
Davey and Melley set the table again for McDowell in the bottom of the sixth, posting back-to-back one-out singles to put runners on the corner. The sophomore backstop was again able to convert, singling to left to bring Davey home and stretch the lead to 2-0.
The Peacocks struck back in the top of the seventh, opening the inning with a single and runner reaching on an error before an RBI single from Kyle Grimes cut the Huskies’ lead in half. After a fielder’s choice, an infield single loaded the bases for SPU with one out and ended the day for Tabakman (1-1). Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) entered for UConn and struck out the first batter he faced before inducing a flyout to end the threat.
UConn broke the game open in the bottom of the eight, scratching across eight runs to extend its lead to eight. Davey got the scoring started when he crushed a two-run home run to deep left field. Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) then drew a bases loaded walk to drive in a run, before another run came across after an SPU error. Yavarone stretched the lead to 8-1 with a two-run single, and Melley followed suit to make it 10-1.
Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.), who entered in the eighth as a pinch runner and scored a run, took over on the mound in the ninth and fired a perfect inning to seal the victory.
Up next, UConn continues play in the Big 5 Baseball Bash when it faces La Salle on the home field of the Explorers. Game time tomorrow is set for 2 p.m. and Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) will take the ball for the Huskies.
- The Huskies scored eight runs in the eighth inning, most in a single frame this season.
- Vinny Siena drew a walk in the eighth inning, marking the 25th straight game he has reached base, dating to last season. Siena had an 18-game hitting streak snapped.
- Blake Davey’s eighth-inning home run was his team-high second of the season and marked the first time this year the Huskies have homered in back-to-back games.
- The game was the first ever between UConn and St. Peter’s.
- All nine UConn starters reached base in the victory.