STORRS, Conn. - Freshman RHP Ronnie Rossomando (1-2) tossed 7.0 innings of one-run ball on the way to his first career victory as the UConn baseball team topped Fairfield, 2-1, on Tuesday at J.O. Christian Field. With the win, the Huskies move to 15-15 overall, while the Stags drop to 12-17.
The victory extended Connecticut's winning streak against the Stags to 11-straight and moved the team to 13-12 in non-conference play in 2016.
Rossomando's 7.0 innings marked a career high, while junior RHP Pat Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) collected his first save of the season with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. In total, Connecticut pitchers allowed just six hits with five strikeouts in the contest.
At the dish, senior 1B Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a home run and run scored, while OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) picked up two hits and a run in the victory. Senior SS Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) extended his team-leading hit streak to 10 straight games with a 1-for-3 effort at the plate.
Melley got the scoring started with two down in the home half of the first, blasting a solo shot over the fence in right field. For the senior co-captain, it marked his fifth homer of the season after collecting five long balls in his first three seasons combined.
The Huskies added a run in the fourth when redshirt-junior C Alex LeFevre (Mansfield, Conn.) picked up his fourth RBI of the year with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right field.
Connecticut moves to 59-14-1 all-time against the Stags in a series dating back to 1973.
The team continues a five-game homestand with a Wednesday tilt vs. Bryant. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.
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