March 15, 2014
PHILADELPHIA – The UConn baseball team scored a season-high 17 runs to win its third straight game with a 17-1 victory over La Salle on Saturday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field. The game was UConn’s second of the Big 5 Baseball Bash. The win moves Connecticut to 7-8 on the season, while La Salle drops to 3-14.
The Huskies pounded out 17 hits in the victory, also a season-high, and seven players drove in at least one run. Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) was 3-for-3 with two runs, and Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) also had three hits, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) followed a four-hit game yesterday by going 2-for-4 with three runs, a home run and two RBIs, while Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) was 2-for-5 with two runs and a pair of RBIs.
Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) went 2-for-6 with a run and an RBI, and Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.) was 1-for-2 with a run and a three-run home run coming off the bench. Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) was 2-for-6 with a run and two RBIs. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) rounded out the UConn offense by going 1-for-4 with a run.
(Berlin, Conn.) started for Connecticut and was solid in five innings of work, allowing one run and three hits with six walks and six strikeouts. Freddy Andujar took the ball for La Salle and lasted 1.1 innings, surrendering seven runs via five hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
The Huskies got the scoring started in the second, when Hill and Sundberg secured back-to-back RBI singles before both coming in to score after wild pitches. A pair of walks and a double loaded the bases and chased Andujar with one away in the inning, with Greg Krug entering out of the pen. Daniello blooped a single to center field and drove in two more, before RBI singles from Sullivan, Darras and Hill again made it 9-0.
La Salle loaded the bases for the second straight inning in the bottom of the second, scratching across a run off a strikeout wild pitch to make it 9-1. After Yavarone led off the top of the third with a single, he came in to score UConn’s 10th run of the day via a La Salle error.
Neither team scored again until the sixth, when Sullivan hit an RBI double to left to give the Huskies a 10-run lead. Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) relieved Marzi in the bottom of the sixth, making his first appearance since the opening weekend of the season. After Colletti worked the first two of his three scoreless frames, Melley homered to right field in the top of the eighth to make it 12-1.
Hill singled to center to open the ninth inning, taking advantage of an error to come all the way around to score on the play. A Melley RBI single preceded David’s three-run home run, which stretched the Huskies’ lead to 17-1. Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.) entered in the ninth inning on the mound and tossed a clean frame to close the victory.
Up next, UConn concludes its time at the Big 5 Baseball Bash when it travels to Villanova. First pitch against the Wildcats is set for 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, and senior Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) will take the ball for the Huskies.
- UConn scored nine runs in the second inning, the most in an inning this season. The big inning comes a day after the Huskies scored eight in the eighth inning yesterday, the previous single-inning best.
- The Huskies scored double-digit runs for the third time this season, and second time in as many days. UConn posted season-highs with 17 runs and 17 hits in the win.
- Eric Yavarone recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season, most on UConn.
- Bobby Melley and Connor David both homered in the win, the first time this season UConn has posted multiple long balls in a game. The Huskies have home runs in three straight games, all wins.
- Vinny Siena was not in the lineup for the first time this year, snapping a streak of 77 consecutive starts to open the sophomore’s career.