STORRS, Conn. - Despite trailing 3-0 after a half inning, the UConn baseball team scored six unanswered runs to claim a 6-3 victory over Bryant on Wednesday at J.O. Christian Field. With the win, Connecticut moves over .500 at 16-15, while the Bulldogs, who entered the day No. 27 in the NCAA RPI, fall to 20-7 overall.
Connecticut pushed its winning streak to three straight and moves to 6-3 all-time against the Bulldogs since the programs first met in 2009.
Sophomore RHP Joe Rivera (1-0) picked up his first career win, pitching 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen with three strikeouts. Freshman righty Randy Polonia closed the door for his team-leading fifth save of the year in the ninth.
Senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) led the offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and his team-leading sixth home run of the year. Senior co-captain Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) collected three hits and scored a run at the top of the order, while senior 1B Bobby Melley moved into a tie for the most hits among NCAA DI active players with a 1-for-3 showing.
Bryant jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, stringing together three hits and taking advantage of a hit-by-pitch. Connecticut answered with two runs in the home half of the second. After singles from DeRoche-Duffin and Yahn and a walk to Connor Buckley loaded the bases, Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) picked up his ninth career RBI with a groundout to second to cut the deficit to 3-1. Next up, John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) chopped a ball up the middle allowing Yahn to scamper home and push the score to 3-2.
Connecticut knotted the game up at 3-3 in the fifth when DeRoche-Duffin blasted his team-leading sixth home run of the year over the left field fence and into the hedges.
The Huskies took their first lead in the sixth inning, plating three runs on three hits, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Melley.
Next up, the team begins a three-game series with American Athletic Conference foe Houston at J.O. Christian Field. First pitch on Friday, April 15 is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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