GREENVILLE, S.C. - The UConn baseball team (9-6) used a 13-hit attack to win its second game of the day with a 12-1 victory over Furman (8-9) on Saturday night at Fluor Field. The contest was the second for UConn at the 2015 BB&T College Baseball Series, defeating USC Upstate earlier on Saturday.
The top three hitters in the UConn lineup combined to go 8-for-13 in the victory, as the Huskies reached double-digit runs for the third time this season. Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored from the leadoff spot, while Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) both went 3-for-5 with two RBIs behind him.
Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) made the start for UConn and picked up his third win of 2015 with seven innings of one-run ball, striking out seven and allowing six hits and two walks. He was opposed by Furman's Matt Solter, who allowed six runs (four earned) in four innings off nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Huskies jumped ahead in the top of the second, scoring the first four runs of the game. Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) started the attack with a two-run double, coming home to score on an error later in the inning. After a stolen base for Sundberg moved him into scoring position, Siena punched an RBI single up the middle to give UConn a 4-0 lead.
Furman cut the lead to three in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a run with an RBI infield single. The Huskies responded with two more runs in the next half inning, scoring via an RBI single from Melley and a sacrifice fly for Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.).
The Huskies broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six times to take a 12-1 lead. After RBI singles from Siena and Melley, Furman walked in back-to-back runs with the bases loaded. With two away and the bases still loaded, Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn.) cracked a single up the middle to record his first two RBIs as a Husky and put Connecticut up by 11.
Kay ended his outing in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two in the frame including the final batter faced. He was relieved by Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.) in the eighth for a scoreless frame, before William Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) fired a clean ninth inning to close out the victory.
Up next, the Huskies conclude their run at the 2015 BB&T College Baseball Series when they take on Big Ten foe Michigan State at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.
- Anthony Kay has gone at least seven innings in four of his five starts this year
- Sundberg drew a season-high three walks
- Connor Buckley recorded the first two RBIs in his UConn career in the sixth inning
- Bobby Melley picked up his first three-hit day of 2015 after 11 games with at least three hits last season
- Ryan Radue has not allowed a run in 6.1 innings over six appearances this season