April 5, 2014
NORWICH, Conn. – The UConn baseball team dropped a 6-3 decision to Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon in the third game of the Dodd Stadium College Baseball Classic. With the loss, UConn falls to 0-2 in the tournament and 13-15 on the year, while Stony Brook moves to 2-0 in the Classic and 15-10 overall.
The Huskies took an early lead after a three-run first inning, but the Seawolves scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead and never looked back. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.), Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) each recorded multiple hits in the loss, as each squad picked up 10 hits on the day.
Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) made the start for UConn and struggled with command all afternoon, finishing with 4.1 innings and allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits with seven walks and two strikeouts. Tim Knesnik (1-1) came out of the Stony Brook bullpen in the third inning and pitched well in relief, tossing five scoreless innings and scattering six hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
The Seawolves scored the game’s first run, capitalizing on a pair of walks issued by Kay (2-2) with an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Huskies struck back in the bottom of the second, plating three runs. After Siena and Yavarone set the table with leadoff hits, Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) lifted a sacrifice fly to left to tie the contest at one. Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) then reached on a two-base error that plated Yavarone, before he scored on an RBI single from Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.) that made it 3-1.
The Seawolves pulled within a run in the top of the third, then evened the score with an RBI double in the top of the fifth before chasing Kay. Stony Brook would tack on three more runs in the frame, going up 6-3.
Knesnik and Bryan Tatelman, who eventually picked up his first save of the year, continued to confound UConn batters through the middle innings, putting a halt to any Connecticut threat. Daniello singled in the bottom of the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate with two away, but Tatelman capped the contest with a strikeout to seal the win for the Seawolves.
Up next, UConn concludes the College Baseball Classic when it takes on Bryant for the second time this weekend on Sunday afternoon. First pitch against the Bulldogs is set for 4 p.m., with Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) taking the ball for the Huskies.
- David Mahoney faced one batter in the ninth and retired him with a strikeout. Mahoney has not allowed an earned run in 12 appearances this season, and 24 straight outings dating back to April 30, 2013.
- Blake Davey’s multi-hit game was his team-high 12th of the season.