March 21, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The UConn baseball team mustered just two hits and dropped its conference opener at South Florida, 2-1, on Friday night at USF Baseball Stadium. The Huskies fall to 10-9 on the year and 0-1 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Bulls go to 14-7 and 1-0 in league play.
Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) broke up a no-hit bid from USF's Jimmy Herget with a leadoff infield single in the eighth inning. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) also had a hit for UConn in the ninth inning, going 1-for-3 on the day. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) drove in UConn's lone run of the contest with an RBI groundout.
Herget pitched into the ninth inning for the Bulls, in total going 8.1 innings and allowing two hits, an unearned run, and four walks with four strikeouts. Connecticut turned to Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) on the hill for the first start of the freshman's career. Kay went five-plus innings for the Huskies, allowing one run on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts.
The Bulls scored the game's first run in the first inning, picking up a double and a single off Kay to take an early 1-0 lead. The rookie settled in following the first, allowing a single hit and no runs over his next four innings of work.
UConn pulled even in the sixth inning, scoring a run without a hit. After Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) drew his second walk of the night, he moved into scoring position on a sacrifice and advanced to third on an error. Siena was able to drive him in with a groundout, leveling the score at 1-1.
Kay was relieved by Devin Over
(Windsor, Conn.) after putting a batter on in the bottom of the sixth, and he was able to work out of the inning. The Bulls scratched across their second run against Over (0-1) in the seventh, turning a leadoff double into a run via a sacrifice fly.
Hill picked up UConn's first hit off Hegert in the top of the eighth, but was caught stealing to end the UConn threat. Davey singled with one away in the ninth, before USF slammed the door to close the 2-1 victory.
Up next, UConn and USF continue their conference series tomorrow at 6 p.m. Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) is set to take the ball for the Huskies.
- Vinny Siena did not reach base in a game he played in for the first time this season, snapping a streak of 27 straight games dating back to last season.
- The UConn bullpen allowed one run in four innings and has allowed two earned in its last 27.1 innings of work, good for a 0.66 ERA
- Blake Davey's ninth-inning single gave him a six-game hitting streak
- The loss for UConn snapped a six-game winning streak.