WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The UConn baseball (11-7) team erupted for 12 runs on 13 hits in a 12-1 victory at William & Mary (10-6) on Wednesday night at Plumeri Park. The victory improves the Huskies to 4-1 on their current eight-game Spring Break trip.
The Huskies' offensive attack out-hit the Tribe 13-3 and racked up seven extra-base hits in the contest, while the UConn pitching staff allowed only three singles and notched 11 strikeouts. Five UConn batters recorded multi-hit games and eight different Huskies drove in a run. The contest was close early before UConn broke it open with seven runs in the sixth inning and added four more in the final two frames.
Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) led the offensive barrage with a 3-for-5 day, doubling three times and driving in two runs. Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two driven in while Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) hit his first career home run late in the contest and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) and Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) both had multi-hit performances.
William Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) made his first career start for the Huskies and pitched into the fifth inning, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings and allowing a hit and three walks with five strikeouts. He was opposed by William & Mary's Aaron Fernandez, who lasted five-plus innings and gave up three runs on six hits with two walks.
UConn scored the game's first run in the top of the second inning when Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) brought Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) home with an RBI's fielder's choice. The Huskies threatened again after loading the bases in the top of the fourth, but a well-struck ball by Yahn was fielded by the W&M shortstop for an inning-ending fielder's choice.
The Huskies got on the board with seven more runs in the top of the sixth, taking an 8-0 lead to break the contest open. UConn loaded the bases with no outs before Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) picked up an RBI after reaching on an error that let two runs score. After a sacrifice from Yahn, Sundberg stretched the lead to 5-0 with a two-run double down the left-field line. Davey cracked another two-run double two batters later before McDowell capped the high-scoring frame with his team-leading fourth sacrifice fly.
Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.), who relieved Montgomerie with a bases-loaded strikeout in the fifth, remained on for a 1-2-3 sixth inning and retired two men in the seventh before Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.) entered for the Huskies. W&M got on the board in the bottom of the seventh with a bases-loaded hit batsman, but Slade induced a ground ball to escape further damage. The Huskies tacked on two more to go up 10-1 in the top of the eight, with Melley following a Sundberg double with an RBI base hit before Griffin Garabedian (Hamden, Conn.) notched a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the season.
Connecticut added two more runs in the top of the ninth when Yahn crushed his first career home run deep to left field. Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) tossed a scoreless bottom of the frame to close out the contest for the Huskies, walking the bases loaded before striking out his second batter of the inning.
Up next, the Huskies visit South Orange, N.J. for the Strike Out Cancer Classic hosted by former Big East rival Seton Hall. UConn will play Fordham and Seton Hall in the tournament, currently scheduled for a pair of games on Friday, March 20 and another on Saturday, March 21.
Willy Yahn hit a ninth-inning home run in his first career start
Vinny Siena extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning double
After doubling twice, Jack Sundberg now has five doubles and six extra-base hits this year. He had four doubles and five extra-base hits in his first two seasons in Storrs combined
Sundberg recorded his team-best 10th multi-hit game of the year, while Siena notched his eighth and Bryan Daniello grabbed his seventh