Brian Ward allowed one earned and three hits in 6.2 innings of work
March 23, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – Brian Ward took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon to help the UConn baseball team pick up its first conference win by defeating USF, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at USF Baseball Stadium. UConn moves to 11-10 (1-2 The American) with the win while USF drops to 15-7 (2-1 The American).
Ward (Milford, Conn.) tossed 6.2 innings in his second win of the year, allowing two runs, one earned, while scattering three hits along with a walk and a strikeout. Michael Farley took the ball for USF and allowed four runs in five innings, surrendering seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) paced the UConn offense, each going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Melley also drove in a pair of runs, and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) each were 1-for-4 with a run in UConn’s 10-hit day.
UConn took an early lead and held it throughout; with David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) recording seven outs in relief of Ward to pick up his second save of the season. Mahoney has not allowed an earned run in 10 appearances this season.
The Huskies jumped out to an early advantage, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After Siena and Davey each singled with one away, Melley sent a double down the right field line to plate them both and put UConn ahead.
Sullivan tripled to deep right center in the top of the fourth, eventually coming in to score on a wild pitch that made it 3-0. Daniello stretched the lead to four an inning later, tripling off the base of the right field wall to plate Melley, who singled and stole second earlier in the frame.
Ward (2-2) issued his first walk of the day in the sixth inning, but got a fielder’s choice to keep USF off the board. The Bulls finally scratched across their first hit of the day in the bottom of the seventh, sneaking a single under a diving Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) in center field. Another single and a pair of errors put two runs on the board for USF, and Ward was pulled with two away.
Mahoney entered for the Huskies with a runner on third, and stranded him there by striking out the first batter he faced. The Huskies couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff single from Davey in the top of the ninth, and Mahoney came out for his third inning of work in the bottom of the frame. After two groundouts to short, Mahoney struck out the final batter of the day to record the seven-out save, his second of the season.
Up next, UConn opens its home schedule when it hosts Hartford on Tuesday, March 25. The Huskies and Hawks will square off at J.O. Christian Field at 3 p.m.
- The win was UConn’s first in American Athletic Conference play and snapped a streak of eight consecutive regular season losses to USF.
- David Mahoney has not allowed an earned run in 10 appearances this year and 22 overall appearances dating back to April 30, 2013.
- UConn is 9-2 this year when out-hitting its opponent.
- The Huskies had two triples in a game for the first time this season