STORRS, Conn. -- Andrew Zapata tossed seven one-run innings and the UConn baseball team (20-11) broke open a 9-1 victory over Northeastern (11-19) late on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. The victory for Zapata (2-0) came in his first start at home after making 13 starts away from Storrs to open his career.
UConn trailed early and tied the contest in the fourth inning, before Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) gave Connecticut its first lead with a home run in the bottom of the seventh. The Huskies in blue and white added six more runs to put the game out of reach in the eighth inning, out-hitting the Huskies in red and black 13-6 on the day.
Siena went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored while Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) was 3-for-4 with a run and two driven in. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) each turned in multi-hit efforts and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) went 1-for-2 with two runs, three walks and two stolen bases.
Zapata grabbed his second win of the season with 7.0 innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits and walking two along with five strikeouts. He was opposed by Nate Borges (0-2) who lasted 6.1 frames for Northeastern, surrendering three runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Northeastern struck for the game's first run in the top of the third, capitalizing on a leadoff double that came around to score on an RBI fielder's choice. UConn struck back to tie in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single from Yahn that made it 1-1.
Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) socked a one-out double down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth, but was stranded on third in the frame. After Zapata spun an eight-pitch 1-2-3 top of the seventh, the Huskies went ahead for the first time in the bottom of the inning. Sundberg slapped a one-out single through the left side, before Siena cranked a two-run home run over the left field wall in the next at-bat to give UConn a 3-1 advantage.
Zapata was relieved by Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) in the eighth, and Darras worked a clean frame with a pair of strikeouts. Connecticut broke the game open in the bottom of the frame with six runs on five hits. After the first two batters singled, Yahn came up with an RBI single before Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) blasted a run-scoring double over the head of the NU left fielder. Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) punched a single up the middle to plate two more in the next at-bat, and Siena made it a 9-1 game later in the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.) came on for the ninth to close out the victory and struck out a pair while standing the bases loaded in his lone inning of work. The win improves UConn to 6-1 this year in midweek action and 5-0 against New England neighbors.
Up next, the Huskies continue midweek action when they host the Hartford Hawks at J.O. Christian Field. First pitch in Storrs is currently scheduled for 3 p.m.
UConn is now 54-18-1 all-time against Northeastern
Willy Yahn has seven multi-hit games in his 14 career starts
Siena recorded his 14th multi-hit game and eighth game with multiple RBIs, both tops on UConn