SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Carson Cross fired 8.2 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory for the UConn baseball team (12-7) at Seton Hall (6-9) on Saturday at Owen T. Carroll Field. The victory, UConn's first one-run win of the season, came in the first a now three-game series at Seton Hall this weekend.
Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) allowed two hits and one walk while striking out seven in a stellar performance, grabbing his team-high fifth win of the season. The lone offense of the game came on a Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 1-for-3 and scored the game's lone run, while Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) had a double and a walk for Connecticut. Zach Prendergast was strong on the mound for Seton Hall with 7.0 innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
UConn threatened in the top of the third when Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) led off with a double, but Prendergast cut him down trying to score from third on a ground ball to keep the contest scoreless. The Huskies finally scratched the first run of the game across in the top of the sixth, when McDowell delivered his team-best fifth sacrifice fly to score Siena and put UConn ahead 1-0.
The Huskies nearly added another in the sixth, when Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) socked a single up the middle with two on and two away. Trying to score from second on the play, Melley was gunned down at the plate and SHU was able to keep it a one-run game.
Cross settled into a groove over the middle innings, setting down 17 in a row between the third and eighth innings to keep the Pirates off the board. With one away in the top of the ninth, SHU picked up a single to end Cross' streak at 18 in a row retired.
Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) entered in relief of Cross for the Huskies with two away and the tying run on second in the bottom of the ninth. Ruotolo made quick work of the lone batter he faced, striking out Justin Grimm on a 1-2 pitch with a 96 mile-per-hour fastball to secure his second save of 2015.
The Huskies and Pirates will return to the diamond for two more games tomorrow, kicking off a doubleheader at 12 p.m. Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) are UConn's scheduled starters in the twin-bill.
UConn is now 34-45 all-time against Seton Hall
Bryan Daniello recorded his third-straight multi-hit game and his eighth of 2015
Carson Cross picked up his 17th career win, moving into a tie for seventh in program history
Over his last three starts, Cross is 3-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 23.2 innings, racking up 32 strikeouts against four walks and holding opponents to a .099 batting average against