NEW ORLEANS -- The UConn baseball team rallied for a three-run ninth inning to come back for a 5-3 victory at Tulane (18-10, 1-2 American) on Sunday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. The win clinched the first American Athletic Conference series of the year for the Huskies (17-9, 2-1 American) and marked their sixth consecutive win of a weekend series.
Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) hit a monster home run in the top of the ninth to tie the contest late, before the Huskies scratched across two more to take the lead. Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) concluded his 3.1 clean innings of relief with a scoreless ninth to pick up his second win of 2015.
UConn got early RBIs from Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) and Blake Davey ( Newport Beach, Calif.) to take a 2-0 lead, before the Green Wave went ahead with two runs in the fifth. The duo each recorded two hits in the contest, while Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) added a double and an RBI.
Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) got the start for UConn and allowed three runs in 5.2 innings, surrendering six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. In Ruotolo's 3.1 scoreless relief frames, he struck out six and walked three without allowing a hit.
UConn took the lead in the top of the first, using a double from McDowell before an RBI base knock from Daniello to take a 1-0 advantage. Davey doubled the lead in the top of the third when he cracked a run-scoring double down the right field line to make it 2-0.
The Green Wave cut into the Husky lead in the bottom of the third, grabbing an RBI single on a ball that fell in on the infield. Tulane went ahead for the first time in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases before pushing two across with a single and a run-scoring fielder's choice to make it 3-2.
Tabakman exited with two away in the bottom of the sixth, and the Green Wave loaded the bases against the Husky bullpen before Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) stranded three with an inning-ending strikeout. UConn threatened after another Davey double and a hit batsmen in the top of the eighth, but Green Wave relieve Ian Gibaut got a lineout and a ground ball to keep it a one-run game.
On a 3-2 pitch leading off the top of the ninth, DeRoche-Duffin launched a long home run way over the right-center field fence to tie the contest at 3-3. After back-to-back one-out walks, Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) hit a ball up the middle that the Green Wave second baseman misplayed to allow the go-ahead run to score from second.
After a Davey walk loaded the bases, McDowell grabbed his team-leading sixth sacrifice fly to push the UConn lead to 5-3. Ruotolo remained on the close it out in the ninth and stranded a pair of baserunners by inducing a pop-up to end the contest.
Up next, the Huskies open their 2015 home slate against Boston College on Tuesday, March 31. Game time is tentatively set for 3 p.m.
UConn improves to 2-1 all-time against Tulane
The victory was UConn's first when trailing after seven innings in 2015
Vinny Siena extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a third-inning single
Bryan Daniello notched his ninth multi-hit game of 2015
Max McDowell picked up his team-leading sixth sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, he came into the weekend third in the country in sac flies