STORRS, Conn. - Senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) blasted his team-leading eighth home run of the season and knocked in four runs to lead the UConn baseball team to a 9-2 win over No. 30 Houston, completing a three-game sweep at J.O. Christian Field on Sunday. With the series sweep, Connecticut moves to 19-15 overall and 5-3 in American Athletic Conference play, while the Cougars drop to 20-15 overall.
UConn moved its winning-streak to six in-a-row, marking the first time the program has won at least six straight since March 11-19, 2014. Additionally, the team improves its home record to 9-2 in 2016.
During its six-game winning streak, UConn has outscored its opponents 28-to-11 and has held opponents to two or fewer runs in five of six contests.
Sophomore RHP Wills Montgomerie (3-1) shined in his seventh start of the season, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and outdueling Houston right Mitch Ollum on his way to his third victory.
DeRoche-Duffin finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a homer, run scored, and his third four-RBI game of 2016. Senior 1B Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) collected two hits and drove him three runs in five at-bats, while freshman OF John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored a pair of runs and collected two hits in the victory.
DeRoche-Duffin pushed the Huskies out to the hot start, homering for the second straight day. After Sundberg and Yahn opened the inning with back-to-back walks, DeRoche-Duffin lifted a three-run opposite field home run to give Connecticut a 3-0 advantage.
The Huskies broke the game open in the fifth inning, sending eight men to the plate and scoring four runs on four hits. After hits from Toppa and Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) and a walk to Yahn loaded the bases, Melley ripped a double into the right centerfield gap to extend the lead to 5-0 before DeRoche-Duffin blooped a single into shallow right.
Melley extended the lead to 8-0 in the home half of the seventh, leading off the inning with a solo shot to right field. The Huskies' final run game in the bottom of the eighth when Toppa opened the frame with a double and came around to score on an RBI single off the bat of Yahn.
The Huskies return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 19 when they travel to Amherst, Mass. to challenge UMass.
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