STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to Memphis on Saturday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. The contest evened a three-game weekend series and dropped the Huskies to 28-16 on the year and 7-7 in The American, while the Tigers improve to 28-13 and 8-6 in the conference.
The Tigers scored twice in the first and led throughout, with UConn cutting into a 4-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. That was as close as the Huskies would get, as neither team could scratch across a run in the final four frames.
Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) took the ball for the Huskies and battled through eight innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with no walks and a strikeout. Dylan Toscano allowed three runs in six innings for the Tigers before Craig Caufield tossed the final three innings, giving up only one baserunner to notch his first save of the year.
Memphis took the lead in the top of the first, using three singles in the opening frame and scoring on a pair of RBI groundouts to go up 2-0. The Huskies got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when DeRoche-Duffin launched an RBI single to left to cut the lead to one.
The Tigers struck again for two more in the top of the fifth, scoring an unearned run on a throwing error and scatching across their fourth score with a fielder's choice. The Huskies answered with a two-spot of their own in the bottom of the inning, with Melley cranking an RBI single to right that also allowed Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) to score on an error after advancing on the throw.
Kay worked around one-out singles in the sixth and seventh innings, capping his outing with a 1-2-3 top of the eighth. Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) fired an eight-pitch perfect inning in the ninth out of the pen, but the Huskies could not solve Caufield in the ninth as he worked a clean frame.
The Huskies and Tigers conclude their weekend series tomorrow for a 12 p.m. first pitch. Jordan Tabakman will take the ball for UConn against Memphis' Connor Alexander.
Vinny Siena has reached base safely in 35-straight games and extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a seventh-inning single
Anthony Kay has pitched into the seven inning or later in nine of his 11 starts
Over his last three starts Kay has walked only one batter
Jack Sundberg matched his 2014 total with his 27th stolen base