April 9, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Max McDowell drove in three runs to lead a balanced offense in a 7-4 win for the UConn baseball team over Brown on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the win, UConn moves to 15-16 on the year, while Brown drops to 6-13.
McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) was 2-for-3 with a walk in addition to his three RBIs, one of two Huskies to record multiple hits in the victory. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) was the other, going 2-for-3 with three runs and a home run. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) went yard for the Huskies and scored twice.
Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) made his first start of the season at shortstop after missing 27 games with a wrist injury. The senior tri-captain went 1-for-3 with a run out of the leadoff spot.
Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) started for the Huskies and lasted 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Max Ritchie (1-1) got the ball for the Bears and went two-plus, giving up four runs on four hits with three walks.
UConn jumped out to an early lead with a three-run first inning. Verdi led off with a single to right center field, before the Huskies loaded the bases with a pair of walks. After Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) picked up an RBI groundout, McDowell poked a single to right field that plated two runs and made it 3-0.
Daniello opened the top of the third with a solo home run to right field that chased Ritchie. McDowell drove in another run in the frame against the Brown bullpen, when he ripped an RBI single to left field that gave the Huskies a 5-0 lead.
The Bears cut into the UConn lead in the top of the fifth, ringing out four hits to drive in two runs and chase Ward. Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.) came out of the pen for the Huskies with the bases loaded and one out, and immediately coaxed a double play ball to get out of the jam.
Connecticut tacked onto its lead in the bottom of the frame, when Davey followed a Daniello double with a deep home run to right field. The Bears cut back into the lead against Slade (2-1) in the sixth, loading the bases before scoring two runs on RBI groundouts to make it a 7-4 game.
The UConn bullpen set the last 12 Brown batters down in order, with Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) and Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) handling the seventh and eighth innings before David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) tossed a clean ninth to pick up his third save of the season.
Up next, UConn heads to Cincinnati for a weekend American Athletic Conference series with the Bearcats. First pitch on Friday, April 11 is set for 6:30 p.m.
- Tom Verdi went 1-for-3 in his first start of 2014.
- Blake Davey hit his team-high fifth home run.
- Bryan Daniello had two extra base hits, and leads UConn with 12 this season.
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