STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn baseball team evened a weekend series with East Carolina thanks to a 7-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. The Huskies improve to 25-14 on the year and 6-5 in The American with the victory, while the Pirates drop to 23-16 and 5-6 in league action.
UConn erased an early East Carolina lead with a three-run third inning and added four more runs in the seventh and eighth innings to seal the victory. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) scored and also drove in a pair.
On the mound, Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) took the ball for Connecticut and improved to 6-3 after 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts. David Lucroy got the nod for East Carolina and allowed four runs in six innings, surrendering five hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts.
The Pirates struck for the games first run in the top of the second, capitalizing on a leadoff double in the frame with a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead. The Huskies responded in the bottom of the third with a three-spot. Siena knocked in a pair with a two-run single before Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) drove him in with a fielder's choice to go up 3-1.
East Carolina cut into the lead with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth, and left a pair of baserunners on after threatening in the seventh. The Huskies tacked onto their lead in the bottom of that frame when Melley socked a two-out, two-run double to left center and made it a 5-2 game.
Kay finished his outing following a one-out single in the top of the eighth, and the Pirates brought another run home before Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) ended the inning with a ground out. UConn scored a pair of insurance runs on an error and an Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) RBI single in the bottom of the frame, going up 7-3. Ruotolo returned for the ninth and locked down his fifth save, stranding a pair of baserunners with a fly ball to end the contest.
UConn and East Carolina conclude their weekend series tomorrow afternoon with a noon start in Storrs. Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) is set to take the ball for the Huskies in the rubber match.
Vinny Siena has reached base safely in 30 straight contests and recorded his 11th multi-RBI game of the year
Bobby Melley's 17 putouts mark the most for any Husky this season
Anthony Kay has pitched into at least the seventh inning in eight of his 10 starts this year
Eric Yavarone is 4-for-8 with four runs scored in his last two starts