KINGSTON, R.I. - With rain falling throughout the ballgame, the Huskies dropped a midweek contest to Rhode Island, 7-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Bill Beck Field.
The Huskies opened with a promising start in the first with Willy Yahn and John Toppa recording back-to-back singles. With momentum and Zac Susi at the plate, the Rams starting pitcher, Dom Grillo, picked off Yahn for the first out. UConn was unable to generate any more offense in the frame.
Rhode Island banged out 11 hits against the UConn pitching staff. Ronnie Rossomando pitched four innings, gave up nine hits and six runs. The Huskies defense also committed two errors with the right-hander on the hill.
The bullpen was solid for UConn on Wednesday. P.J. Poulin pitched three innings, allowed two hits and one run in his stint. Ryan Radue and Jacob Wallace followed with scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, respectively.
The Huskies scored their first run of the game in the sixth. Zac Susi and Isaac Feldstein drew walks to start the inning. Tyler Gnesda then roped a line drive to left center field that Rams center fielder Jordan Powell made a diving catch to rob the UConn designated hitter of extra bases.
UConn scored its first run on a chopper back to the mound by Chris Winkel. The Rams hurler uncorked an errant throw to first to allow Susi to come around and score to make it a 6-1 deficit.
Down 7-1 in the ninth, the Huskies scored on another Rams error to make it 7-2. Aaron Hill hit a ground ball to third that the third baseman misfired to first base allowing Stefanski to come around and score.
Willy Yahn led the offense with his team-leading 14th multi-hit game of the season.
Next up, the Huskies host Cincinnati for a three-game series at J.O. Christian Field. The series begins on Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m.
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