NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The UConn baseball team (15-8) continued its hot hitting in a 17-2 victory at Central Connecticut (6-7) on Wednesday afternoon at Balf-Savin Field. With the win, the Huskies have now scored 35 runs in their last two games and are 9-2 over their last 11 contests.
The Huskies notched a season-high with 20 hits, and got six RBIs from Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and another four from Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.). Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs, while Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) was 3-for-5 with three runs from the leadoff spot.
Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs and Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) and Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) each notched two hits and two runs. William Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) got the start for the Huskies on the mound and grabbed his first career win, allowing four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
UConn jumped on the board first in the top of the second, taking a 1-0 lead early. Davey singled and stole second, moving to third on an error before McDowell singled him home. The Huskies struck for six more in the top of the third, with the big hits a three-run double from Siena and a two-run homer from McDowell .
Connecticut put up another crooked number in the top of the fourth, capping a five-run frame with a two-run single from Yahn that stretched the lead to 12-0. Siena hit a long two-run home run over the 400-foot sign in center field in the next inning, and Yahn made it a 17-run lead for the Huskies with a two-run triple later in the frame.
The Blue Devils picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the lead to 17-2 before Montgomerie ended his outing with a strikeout. The Huskies got a scoreless inning apiece out of the bullpen from Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.), Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.), Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) to close out the big victory.
Up next, UConn opens American Athletic Conference play with a trip to league-newcomer Tulane. The Huskies and Green Wave will play three in New Orleans from March 27-29, with first pitch on Friday, March 27 set for 7:30 p.m. (eastern).
UConn is now 29-8 all-time against Central Connecticut
The 35 runs in a two-game stretch is the most since UConn scored 41 in two games against Hartford and Holy Cross on April 21 and 22, 2010
The last time UConn scored at least 17 runs in back-to-back games was the final two games of the 2001 season when the Huskies scored 19 at Notre Dame and vs. Hartford on May 6 and May 8
Vinny Siena extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a three-run double in the third
Siena notched the first six-RBI for a Husky since George Springer, also at CCSU on April 27, 2011
Willy Yahn now has four-straight multi-hit games and has driven in four RBIs in consecutive outings
Bobby Melley pushed his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third and has reached base safely in 16 consecutive contests