STORRS, Conn. – Despite a four-hit effort from sophomore infielder Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.), the UConn baseball team fell, 8-4, to in-state foe Central Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the setback, Connecticut drops to 9-10 overall, while the Blue Devils move to 6-11.
Yahn notched his third four-hit game of the season in the loss, finishing 4-for-5 with a run scored, while freshman OF John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) cracked his first career homer.
Andrew Zapata (2-1) took the loss after surrendering seven earned runs in 1.2 innings of work, while his counterpart Jared Gallagher lasted 4.0 innings, allowing a pair of runs on five hits. The Connecticut bullpen shined, allowing just one run over 7.1 innings of relief with nine strikeouts and no walks.
The Blue Devils struck for three first-inning runs, stringing together four-straight two-out hits to jump ahead 3-0. An inning later, CCSU pushed its advantage to 7-0 after collecting three hits and taking advantage of a Husky throwing miscue.
Toppa cut the deficit to 7-2 in the fourth, launching a two-run homer of the left field field to plate Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn. ), who opened the inning with an infield single. After the Blue Devils tacked on a run via a solo homer in the top of the seventh, UConn responded with two runs of its own after Yahn, Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) connected for three straight doubles to cut the deficit to 8-4.
Connecticut moves to 29-9 all-time vs. the Blue Devils and snaps a streak of seven-consecutive wins.
The Huskies return to the diamond on Friday, March 25 when it challenges Columbia at 3:30 p.m. in New York before returning to Storrs for a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon.