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UConn Topples UMass Lowell, 17-2

Joe DeRoche-Duffin hit his sixth home run of the year in the win
April 22, 2015

Final Stats

STORRS, Conn. -- William Montgomerie took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the UConn baseball team continued its torrid hitting with three home runs in a 17-2 victory over UMass Lowell on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. The Huskies improve to 27-15 on the year with the victory, while the River Hawks drop to 9-21.

Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) went a career-high 6.2 innings and allowed a run on three hits, walking two and striking out six to improve to 3-1. He was opposed by Brendan Shea who went six for the River Hawks and was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

At the dish, the Huskies scored in double-figures for the second straight day and scored 17 times on 17 hits. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 3-for-6 with two runs and five RBIs and was one of the three Huskies to hit a home run, joined by Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) in UConn's first three-home run game of the year.

Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) also had a big day at the dish, going 3-for-5 with four runs scored. Testani drove in three and scored thrice for Connecticut, while Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) doubled twice and drove in a pair. Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) added two hits and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) drove in two and stole a pair of bases.

The Huskies took an early lead in the bottom of the second when DeRoche-Duffin launched a solo home run to left field. UConn doubled its lead in the next inning, with Sundberg singling and stealing second to set the table for an RBI double from Siena that made it 2-0.

UConn used a pair of long home runs to further stretch its lead, putting up a three-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Hill fisted a single into left with one away, and a batter later Testani hit a mammoth home run over the hedges in left field. Later in the frame with two down, Siena cranked another deep one around the foul pole in left and the Huskies went up 5-0.

Montgomerie locked into form over the middle innings, setting down 14 in a row between the second and sixth innings. UMass Lowell finally ended the streak with its first hit of the day with two away in the sixth, an infield single to break up Montgomerie's no-hit bid.

The Huskies tacked on two more after Lowell's first hit, using an RBI fielder's choice from Sundberg and a run-scoring single from Siena to take a 7-0 lead. The River Hawks got on the board in the top of the seventh, chasing Montgomerie with a two-out RBI double.

After Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) got out of the seventh, the Huskies put up another crooked number with six runs in the bottom of the frame. UConn capitalized on a series of walks, errors and hit batsmen and notched only two hits in the inning, an RBI single for Yahn and an RBI double for Melley.

UConn subbed liberally in the late innings, and the late replacements helped to further extend the advantage in the bottom of the eighth. Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn.) lofted a sacrifice fly to center, and two batters later Troy Stefanski (North Stonington, Conn.) blasted a two run double off the right field wall. Melley capped the late scoring with his second RBI double of the day, putting the Huskies up 17-2.

Up next, UConn hosts a crucial American Athletic Conference series against Memphis at J.O. Christian Field. The Huskies and Tigers kick off a three-game set on Friday, April 24 at 3 p.m.

Game Notes

UConn is now 2-3 all-time against UMass Lowell, with Wednesday the first meeting since 1940

William Montgomerie is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts on the mound

Vinny Siena has reached base safely in 33-straight contests and recorded his third game this season with at least five RBIs

UConn has scored seven or more runs against nine of 10 New England neighbors this year and has scored in double-digits in five of those contests

Aaron Hill has five multi-hit games in his last six starts