GREENVILLE, S.C. - Joe DeRoche-Duffin hit a three-run home run in the first inning and the UConn baseball team (8-6) never trailed in a 7-3 victory over USC Upstate (7-9) on Saturday Fluor Field. The contest was UConn's first playing at the 2015 BB&T College Baseball Series.
DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) set the tone early for UConn with his three-run shot in the first inning, while Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) added two hits and two RBIs. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) continued their hot starts from the top two spots in the UConn lineup, each going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) got the start for the Huskies and notched double-digit strikeouts in his third-straight outing, fanning 10 in six innings with four hits and three walks, allowing two runs (one earned). Brian Boocock started for Upstate and lasted 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
DeRoche-Duffin got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when he crushed a deep three-run home run over the left-center field fence. McDowell stretched the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third, smacking an RBI single off the `Green Monster' in left field.
Upstate got on the board in the top of the fourth, scoring an unearned run on an error. The Huskies responded with two more in the bottom of the fourth, using a Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) sacrifice fly and another RBI knock from McDowell to push the lead to 6-1.
The Spartans tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh innings with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, before DeRoche-Duffin stole home on the back end of a double-steal to give UConn another four-run lead. Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) came on for the Huskies in the eighth inning and fired a pair of dominant frames to close the contest, striking out four and not allowing a baserunner in two innings of work.
Up next, the Huskies continue play at the BB&T College Baseball Series when they take on Furman tonight at 7 p.m.
- Carson Cross struck out at least 10 batters for the third-straight start
- DeRoche-Duffin recorded his first stolen base as a Husky, stealing home on the back end of a double steal