SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- The UConn baseball team pounded out 17 hits en route to an 18-5 victory at Bryant on Wednesday afternoon at Conaty Park. The Huskies improve to 24-13 with the victory and are a season-high 11 games over .500, while the Bulldogs drop to 10-16.
Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) paced a red-hot UConn offense with a pair of hits and a career-high five RBIs, while Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) each turned in three-hit performances. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.), Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) and Yavarone all scored three times while Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Siena combined to add five RBIs.
On the mound, William Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) took the ball and grabbed his second win of the season, going five innings and allowing two runs (one earned) off six hits with a walk and a career-high six strikeouts. The Huskies held a 17-13 advantage in hits and capitalized on five Bulldog errors in the victory.
After Montgomerie stranded runners on the corners in the bottom of the first, UConn struck to take an early lead in the top of the second. With the bases loaded, Yavarone poked an 0-2 pitch into right field for an RBI single. Two batters later with the sacks still packed Sundberg delivered a base hit up the middle that brought home two more and gave UConn a 3-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the bottom of the third, plating a run with back-to-back doubles before a throwing error and a wild pitch made it 3-2 after three. UConn responded with five runs in the top of the fourth, with Sundberg getting the scoring started with an RBI single before the Huskies tacked on three more on an error, a run-scoring balk and a basepath interference call. Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) capped the scoring in the wild frame with an RBI single that gave the Huskies an 8-2 lead.
UConn put up another three-spot In the top of the fifth, stretching their lead to nine. Another run-scoring balk brought home the first run of the frame, before Sundberg notched an RBI groundout and Siena punched an RBI single through the left side. Sundberg grabbed his fifth RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the top of the sixth and Melley stretched lead further with a two-run single to put the Huskies up 14-2.
Bryant responded with three runs after Montgomerie exited in the sixth, before Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) limited the damage by inducing a pop up and striking out a Bulldog to leave the bases loaded. Over remained on for a scoreless seventh, before Joe Rivera (Southington, Conn.) fanned a pair in a clean eighth.
Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich, Conn.) came on as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the ninth and cracked an RBI single to left for his first career hit. A batter later, Siena laced a two-run double down the line and Olmstead booked home on an error in the outfield to push the UConn advantage to 18-5. Patrick Ruotolo entered for the ninth and struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning to close it out.
Up next, the Huskies return home for a three-game conference set with East Carolina this weekend. First up is a Friday afternoon showdown at J.O. Christian Field, currently slated for a 3 p.m. start.
UConn is now 5-3 all-time against Bryant
Jack Sundberg recorded his 14th multi-hit game of the season; UConn is 12-2 in those contests
Sundberg set a career-high with five RBIs, the fourth five-RBI game for a Husky this year
Vinny Siena has reached base safely in 28-straight contests
Patrick Ruotolo has 32 strikeouts in 16.1 innings this season