WEST HARTFORD, Conn. --The UConn baseball team left 11 runners on base and fell, 6-1, at Hartford on Wednesday afternoon at Fiondella Field. The loss drops the Huskies to 20-12 on the year and is their first setback to a New England rival, while the Hawks improve to 11-16.
Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) reached base four times and stole four bases in the setback for UConn, becoming the 10th player in program history to eclipse 50 career steals. The Huskies also received multi-hit games from Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) and Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) while Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) drove in their lone run.
On the mound, William Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) started and lasted 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The Hartford pitching staff combined to throw six pitchers at Connecticut and held the Huskies to six hits on the day.
The Hawks got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the bottom of the third. Montogmerie battled into the sixth inning on the hill, before coming out after a one-out single in the frame. The Hawks responded by jumping all over the UConn bullpen for five runs in the inning, taking a 6-0 lead after six.
UConn threatened with the bases loaded and one away in the top of the eighth, but a strikeout and a ball off the bat of Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) that was caught on the warning track ended the threat. After clean innings on the mound from Trevor Holmes (Ashland, Mass.) and Sam Nepiarsky (Orange, Conn.) out of the pen, UConn attempted to rally in the ninth but the Hawks got a game-ending double play.
Up next, the Huskies return to league action with a three-game set at Central Florida. UConn and UCF will square off on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. before a 4 p.m. start on Saturday, Aprill 11 and a 1 p.m. series finale on Sunday, April 12.
UConn is now 36-14 all-time against Hartford
Jack Sundberg recorded his 50th career stolen bases in the first inning, he is the 10th Husky to achieve that milestone
Sundberg notched the first four-steal game for a Husky since Nick Ahmed at Georgetown in 2010
Willy Yahn recorded his eighth multi-hit game in his 15th career start