GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The UConn baseball team (14-8) scored a season-high in runs during a 18-1 rout over Yale (6-5) on Tuesday afternoon at Bonomo Memorial Field on the campus of Adelphi University. The Huskies pounded out 18 hits in the contest, also a season-best.
The Huskies scored five times in the first inning and never looked back in the dominant performance. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 4-for-7 with three runs and three RBIs to pace the UConn attack, leading three players with at least three hits. Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn) was 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, and Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) went 3-for-3 with two runs, three walks and four RBIs.
Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) hit a three-run home run and drove in four in a 2-for-4 day, while Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs. Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) got the win on the mound for UConn with five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and three walks with a career-high six strikeouts.
The Huskies took an early lead with five runs in the top of the first, scoring a string of two-out runs to go up 5-0. McDowell got the scoring started with a three-run home run to left field, before Hill drew a bases-loaded walk and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) notched a single up the middle a batter later.
UConn added two more runs in the top of the fourth, with Davey picking up an RBI on a ground ball error and Yahn cracking a single up the middle to drive in another run and make it 7-0. After the Bulldogs got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, UConn scored three more in the next half inning with RBI base hits from Siena, Davey and McDowell to go up 10-1.
A wild pitch brought home Yahn in the top of the sixth, before Siena, Davey and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) each picked up RBI knocks to put the Huskies up 14-1. A batter after Daniello, Yahn cleared the bases with a three-run triple to give the Huskies a 16-run lead.
Zapata left after five innings and was relieved by Callahan Brown (Jupiter, Fla.), who struck out four in two scoreless innings during his first appearance of the year. Joe Rivera (Southington, Conn.) came on for a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Sam Nepiarsky (Orange, Conn.) followed suit with a perfect ninth in his first career appearance.
Up next, the Huskies continue midweek play with a contest at Central Connecticut tomorrow afternoon. First pitch from New Britain is scheduled for 3 p.m.
UConn is now 41-21-1 all-time against Yale
Vinny Siena extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning single and recorded his 10th multi-hit game of 2015. It was also his sixth game with at least three hits and second four-hit game
Willy Yahn notched his third-straight multi-hit game and also collected his first career steal and triple
Andrew Zapata recorded a new career-high with six strikeouts and grabbed his first win of the season