NEW ORLEANS - The UConn baseball team dropped game two of a weekend conference series at Tulane by a score of 5-1 on Saturday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The loss sets a rubber match tomorrow afternoon and drops UConn to 16-9 on the year and 1-1 in The American, while Tulane improves to 18-9 and is also 1-1 in league play.
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 3-for-4 at the plate in the setback and Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) hit a home run in the ninth inning to get the Huskies on the board. The Green Wave scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth and out-hit the Huskies 8-7 on the day to even the three-game set.
Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) took the ball for the Huskies and failed to finish six innings for the first time in 2015, tossing five frames and allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He was opposed by Tulane's Emerson Gibbs who was brilliant, tossing eight shutout innings and allowing five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Green Wave struck for the game's first run in the bottom of the first, going up 1-0 thanks to a pair of doubles. Tulane pushed four more across in the bottom of the fourth, all unearned, and took a 5-0 advantage.
Kay was relieved after five innings by Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.), and Radue stranded runners on the corners with a strikeout in the bottom of the sixth. Radue fired another scoreless frame in the seventh to keep it a five-run game.
As he did in the top of the sixth, Gibbs was able to erase a leadoff base runner in the top of the eighth with a well-timed double-play ball. After Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.) hurled a scoreless bottom of the frame, Gibbs was relieved by Dan Rankin.
Siena led off the ninth with a single off Rankin, but a double-play ball erased him in the next at-bat. Davey crushed a solo home run to left field a batter later to end the shutout, before Rankin picked up a strikeout to end the contest.
The Huskies and Green Wave conclude their weekend conference series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. (Eastern) rubber match first pitch.
UConn drops to 1-1 all-time against Tulane
Vinny Siena extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning single
Siena recorded his seventh game with at least three hits in 2015 and raised his season average to .400
Bobby Melley pushed his hitting streak to 11 games with a fourth-inning double
Ryan Radue has not allowed a run in nine of his 10 appearances in 2015