WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The UConn baseball team dropped a 6-2 decision to ACC foe Wake Forest (14-8) on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field. The loss snapped a season-long four-game winning streak for the Huskies (10-7) and dropped them to 3-1 at the mid-point of their eight-game Spring Break trip.
The Huskies fell behind 2-0 early before tying the contest in the sixth inning, but the Demon Deacons scored four unanswered runs after UConn drew even. Offensively for UConn, Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) turned in a two-hit performance. Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) doubled and also scored in the setback.
Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) started for UConn and turned in five innings of two-run ball, allowing three hits and three walks with four walks. Andrew Loepprich took the ball for Wake and tossed three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks with four strikeouts.
The Huskies threatened in the top of the second when Daniello doubled to right-center with two away after a DeRoche-Duffin walk, but DeRoche-Duffin was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the play. The Demon Deacons got on the board in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases before an RBI groundout gave them a 1-0 lead.
Wake doubled its lead in the bottom of the third with a Nate Mondou home run, before Loepprich was replaced by Paul Kirkpatrick to start the fourth. The Huskies got on the board against Kirkpatrick in the top of the fifth when DeRoche-Duffin scored on an RBI fielder's choice from Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn.) that cut the lead to 2-1.
The Huskies evened the contest in the top of the sixth when Melley doubled to deep right-center to plate Siena, who also doubled to lead off the frame. The tie was short-lived, with Wake striking for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame with a two-run single from Keegan Maronpot to go on top 4-2. The Demon Deacons tacked on two more in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run blast from Will Craig, his team-leading seventh home run of the season.
Wake Forest's bullpen held up over the final frames, turning in 1-2-3 innings in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings to close out the victory.
Up next, the Huskies continue midweek play with a trip to Williamsburg, Va. for a Wednesday night contest at William & Mary. First pitch from Plumeri Park is set for 7 p.m.
UConn is now 4-7 all-time against Wake Forest in a series dating back to 1958
Vinny Siena's sixth-inning double extended his hitting streak to eight games
Bryan Daniello recorded his sixth multi-hit game of 2015
Connor Buckley now has three RBIs in his last three games