CINCINNATI - The UConn baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back, defeating Cincinnati, 4-2, on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set at Marge Schott Stadium. With the victory, Connecticut moves to 14-15 and 2-3 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Bearcats drop to 16-16 overall.
Senior co-captain Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) led the offensive attack, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) and Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) each collected two hits in the win.
Sophomore RHP Wills Montgomerie (2-1) earned his second win of the season, pitching into the sixth inning and allowing just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts. Freshman RHP Randy Polonia (Stamford, Conn.) picked up his team-leading fourth save of the season, going a career-long 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts in relief.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the game's opening frame after Sundberg began the inning with a double and came around to score on a shallow fly ball that was dropped in short right field.
Connecticut pushed its advantage to 4-0 in the top of the fifth, stringing together three hits and taking advantage of a Bearcat miscue. Susi opened the inning with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a single from Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.). Sundberg drove in a pair with a double to left and came around to score on a throwing error by the second baseman.
The Bearcats struck back with a run in the sixth but lefty reliever Doug Domnarski (Pawcatuck, Conn.) worked out of further trouble, stranding the bases loaded with an inning-ending groundout.
With the win, Connecticut moves to 18-11 all-time against Cincinnati in a series dating back to the 2006 season.
Next up, Connecticut will begin a five-game homestand at J.O. Christian Field with a Tuesday tilt with in-state foe Fairfield. Check back with uconnhuskies.com on Monday for a complete midweek preview.
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