NEW YORK - Beginning play in its final regular season non-conference weekend series, the UConn baseball team fell, 4-3, to Columbia on Friday afternoon at Robertson Field. With the loss, Connecticut drops to 9-11 overall, while the Lions move to 5-11.
UConn moves to 1-1 all-time against Columbia and 1-1 against Ivy League competition during the 2016 campaign.
At the plate, senior co-captain Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) went 3-for-4 with a home run, steal, and pair of runs scored, while sophomore infielder Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) racked up his team-leading ninth multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 effort.
Junior lefty Anthony Kay (2-2) notched a complete-game 8.0 inning effort in the setback, allowing four runs on eight hits with seven punch-outs. Columbia righthander Harrisen Egly notched his second win of the season for the Lions, tossing 2.2 inning of scoreless relief.
Columbia opened up a 2-0 advantage in the home half of the first when Nick Maguire lifted a two-run home run to right field before tacking on a run in the second.
Connecticut cut into the Lion's lead in the top of the third. After a Sundberg single and a Yahn double, senior 1B Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) notched his team-leading 24th RBI of the season with a groundout to second before Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) plated Connecticut's second run of the ballgame with a deep sacrifice fly to left field.
The score remained the same until the seventh when Sundberg tied the game with a solo homer over the right field fence. For the Husky captain, the longball marked his second home run of the season and third of his four-year career.
Columbia scored the eventual game-winner in the seventh when Logan Boyher lifted a solo homer to left.
The two programs will conclude the three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader at J.O. Christian Field scheduled to begin at noon.