NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bobby Melley notched four hits and the UConn baseball pitching staff held USF to the same in a 7-0 victory on Friday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex. The victory for the Huskies evens the weekend series with the Bulls and improves them to 19-10 on the year and 3-2 in The American, while USF drops to 21-10-1 and 4-1 in league play.
The Huskies scored a run in the first inning and led by six after the fifth, tacking on an insurance run in the eighth inning. The Huskies out-hit the Bulls 11-4 and did not commit an error versus two for USF.
Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, collecting his first four-hit game of the season and the third of his career. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) was 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and two driven in and Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) added two hits and a pair of runs scored. Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run while Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) scored twice.
On the mound, Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) picked up the win with 6.1 shutout, three-hit innings, allowing four walks and striking out five. He was opposed by USF's Casey Mulholland who surrendered six runs, four earned, on nine hits with three walks and a strikeout in six innings.
The Huskies struck first in the bottom of the opening frame, when Melley followed a Siena walk with a rocket double to right field to make it 1-0. UConn tacked on three more in the bottom of the fourth, using an RBI single from Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) before back-to-back RBI knocks from Melley and Davey made it 4-0.
Kay cruised through the opening innings, finally allowing his first hit of the day in the top of the fifth. After getting out of the innings, the Huskies tacked on two insurance runs when Testani followed a two-out Yahn single with a home run deep to center field that pushed the lead to six.
After a one-out double in the top of the seventh, Kay was relieved in favor of Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.). The junior went the rest of the way for the Huskies, allowing only one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings. After Davey extended the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the eighth, Darras fired an efficient 1-2-3 ninth to seal the shutout.
Up next, the Huskies and Bulls play a rubber match in Storrs tomorrow afternoon. Game time at J.O. Christian Field has been moved up to 12 p.m. and Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) will take the ball for Connecticut.
Bobby Melley recorded his first four-hit game of 2015 and now has one in each of the last three seasons
Melley has reached base safely in 22-consecutive contests
Anthony Kay lowered his ERA to 1.17 in 53.2 innings this season
Willy Yahn recorded his sixth multi-hit game in his 12th career start
Blake Davey is batting .429 with eight RBIs over his last four games