March 19, 2014
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A five-run 10th inning gave the UConn baseball team its sixth straight win, a 6-1 victory over Central Connecticut State on Wednesday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Park. The Huskies improve to 10-8 on the season, while the Blue Devils drop to 2-4.
UConn tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning, and neither team could scratch across another run until extra innings. The Huskies cranked out 14 hits in the win, led by a 3-for-3, two walk outing from Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and a 3-for-5, two RBI day for Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.). Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) each went 2-for-5 with a run, while Davey drove in the go-ahead run for the Huskies in the 10th.
Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) got the start on the mound for UConn, his first start of the season, and went four innings. The sophomore allowed one run, unearned, and four hits with two walks. Jesse Frawley made the start for CCSU and lasted seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Blue Devils capitalized on a leadoff double in the bottom of the first, taking a 1-0 lead after an error and a sacrifice fly. UConn responded with three straight singles to load the bases in the top of the second, scratching across a run on a sacrifice fly from Sullivan to tie the contest.
Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) entered the game for UConn in the bottom of the fifth, relieving Colletti after a season-high four innings of work. CCSU greeted him by loading the bases with one away, but Over was able to get a pair of ground balls to end the inning and keep the game knotted at 1-1.
Over hurled a 1-2-3 sixth, and then gave way to Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.) in the seventh inning. Slade tossed a pair of scoreless innings for the Huskies, striking out three to keep the contest tied into the ninth.
David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) entered for the Huskies in the ninth, and Mahoney (1-0) sent the game to extras after a scoreless frame. Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) and Siena picked up one-out singles in the top of the tenth, setting the table for Davey to drive home Yavarone with an RBI single for the go-ahead run.
After Melley was intentionally walked to load the bases, McDowell singled to left to drive in two runs and Daniello doubled to right for another, giving the Huskies a 5-1 lead. UConn scored its sixth run when McDowell scored on a dropped third strike, breaking for the plate when the CCSU catcher threw to first to retire Sullivan. The five-run lead stood after Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) tossed a scoreless bottom of the tenth to preserve the victory.
Up next, UConn opens conference play with its first American Athletic Conference series. The Huskies visit Tampa, Fla. for a three-game set with the Bulls of South Florida. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m., before a 6 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
- UConn moves to 27-8 all-time against Central Connecticut.
- Bobby Melley is 13-for-20 (.650) over UConn’s last five games. He has seen his season average rise from .191 to .328 over the stretch.
- Vinny Siena’s eighth inning single extended his reached-base streak to 27 games, dating back to last season. Siena has hit safely in 14 of his 16 games played this year.
- UConn has played extra innings in seven games this year and the Huskies are 3-4 in such contests.
- The UConn bullpen tossed six scoreless innings and has allowed one run in 23.1 innings during UConn’s six-game winning streak, good for a 0.39 ERA.