HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite home runs from seniors Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.), the UConn baseball team fell, 4-3, to in-state rival Hartford on Wednesday at Fiondella Field. With the setback, Connecticut drops to 13-13 overall, while the Hawks move to 19-6.
At the plate, Daniello reached base twice, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk, run and his second homer of the season, while infielders Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) and Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) each notched two hits in the setback.
Sophomore RHP Wills Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) took the ball and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings, fanning five strikeouts against just one hit. Redshirt-freshman CJ Dandeneau (0-1) took the loss, allowing two earn runs in 1.1 innings of relief, while John LaRossa earned the win for the walks, allowing one run in 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.
DeRoche-Duffin gave Connecticut a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first, launching his team-leading fifth homer of the season over the left centerfield fence and plating fellow senior Melley, who reached on a walk earlier in the frame.
The score held until the bottom of the fourth when Hartford halved the Husky advantage, pushing a run across on a two-out Connecticut throwing error. The Hawks knotted the game up at 2-2 in the fifth, plating the tying run on a sac fly off the bat of Chris DelDebbio.
Hartford pushed ahead two runs in the bottom of the seventh, stringing together three hits. In the next half inning, Daniello crushed a solo shot over the right field fence to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Connecticut drops to 36-15 all-time against the Hawks in a series dating back to 1985.
Next up, the team returns to the diamond for a three-game series at Cincinnati on April 8-10. Check back with uconnhukskies.com on Thursday for a complete weekend preview.