CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Redshirt-sophomore RHP Sam Nepiarsky (Orange, Conn.) tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in his first career collegiate start to lead the UConn baseball team over Boston College, 9-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Shea Field. With the victory, Connecticut improves to 12-11, while the Eagles fall to 13-9 overall.
Connecticut picks up its first win at Shea Field since the 2010 campaign and moves to 65-53 all-time against the Eagles in a series dating back to 1909.
Nepiarsky (1-0) picked up the win, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings with a career-best six strikeouts. Redshirt-freshman CJ Dandeneau (North Smithfield, R.I.) shined out of the bullpen, notching four strikeouts in 2.0 innings of scoreless relief.
After putting two on in the second inning, the Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third. Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) opened the frame with a single and moved up to second when Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) reached on an error. After a Daniello groundout moved the runners up, Melley picked up his 25th RBI of the season with a sharp groundout to shortstop.
Connecticut added to its advantage in the top of the fifth, scoring three times. After a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch, Yahn sent a looping liner into the right center gap to score two runs and push the lead to 3-0. Next up, Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) lifted a sac fly to left.
Boston College cut into the Husky lead into the eighth when Stephen Sauter laced a two-out, three-run double into the left centerfield gap to bring the score to 4-3.
UConn responded to Boston College’s three-run eighth with a five-run top of the ninth, highlighted by RBIs from Melley, DeRoche-Duffin and freshman C Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.)
Connecticut moves to 1-0 against ACC competition this season and is 2-1 against the conference since the start of the 2015 season.
Next up, the Huskies begin American Athletic Conference play when they host Tulane for a three-game series at J.O. Christian field on April 1-3. Check back to uconnhuskies.com for a complete weekend preview.