April 13, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The UConn baseball team rode red-hot hitting to a 14-3 victory in a rubber match at Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium. With the win, the Huskies evened their overall record at 17-17 and record in The American at 4-4, while Cincinnati dropped to 14-20 and 3-9 in league play.
Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) led four Huskies who posted multi-hit days by going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Overall, UConn pounded out 15 hits against Cincinnati pitching, tied for second-most in a game in 2014. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs, and Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) was 2-for-3 with two runs and a two-run home run.
The Huskies also got a 2-for-6, two run, RBI outing from Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) in the leadoff spot , and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) got the start for the Huskies and was solid, throwing six innings of two-run ball with five hits, a walk and five strikeouts. Andrew Zellner took the ball for the Bearcats and went four innings, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on seven hits with a walk.
The Bearcats got on the board in the bottom of the first, when Justin Glass cracked a two-run home run to right field, his third long ball of the series. The Huskies responded and tied the game in the top of the second, when hits from Melley and Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) set up a two-run triple from McDowell.
UConn took the lead later in the inning, after McDowell and Griffin Garabedian
(Hamden, Conn.) scored on a pair of errors that made it 4-2. The Huskies tacked on five more runs with a big fourth inning, taking a seven-run lead. After UConn loaded the bases, Daniello cleared them with a three-run triple. Davey followed in the next at-bat with his team-high seventh home run, and second in as many days, which made it 9-2.
The middle of the order combined to give UConn double digit runs in the top of the seventh, with a double from Davey preceding a Melley RBI single. Kay (3-2) was relieved by Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) in the bottom of the seventh after following a two-run first with five scoreless frames.
Ruotolo fanned two in his inning of work, before Verdi and Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) stretched the lead to 10 with RBI hits in the eighth. Melley drove in two more in the crooked inning with a single that drove in a pair, putting the Huskies up 14-2.
Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.) and David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) combined to close the game out, with Cincinnati scoring a run in the ninth before Mahoney ended the contest with a popout.
Up next, UConn plays a midweek game at Nutmeg State rival Fairfield on Tuesday, April 15. First pitch between the Huskies and Stags is set for 3:30 p.m.
- Connecticut is now 14-9 all-time against Cincinnati.
- UConn scored double-digit runs for the sixth time in 2014, and second time in American Athletic Conference play.
- Blake Davey hit his team-high seventh home run of the season, most in a season for a UConn player since LJ Mazzilli hit nine in 2012.
- Bryan Daniello’s triple was his team-high third of the year.
- The win seals UConn’s first conference series victory of the season, after losing two of three at USF and splitting two games with Rutgers.
- Patrick Ruotolo has 18 strikeouts in his last 11.2 innings of work.