April 27, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UConn baseball team dropped a series finale at No. 12 Louisville, 8-2, on Sunday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. The loss dips UConn’s record below .500 at 21-22 on the year, and the Huskies fall to 5-9 in The American. Louisville improves to 33-11 on the year and 11-4 in conference action.
The Huskies punched out six hits in the loss, led by two-hit days from Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.). Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) scored a run and stole two bases for the Huskies, and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Freshman Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) took the ball for the Huskies in the setback and lasted five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Anthony Kidston (5-0) got the start for Louisville and allowed two runs in five innings, surrendering two hits with five walks and a pair of strikeouts.
The Cardinals took an early lead in the bottom of the second, with an RBI double and sacrifice fly plating the game’s first two runs. Louisville tacked on three more runs in the third, capped by a two-run home run off the bat of Danny Rosenbaum to give UofL a 5-0 lead.
UConn broke through in the top of the fourth, when Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) drew a leadoff walk and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. The Huskies pushed across another in the fifth, after Sundberg walked and stole a base before Daniello singled him home.
A leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth chased Kay (3-4), who was relieved by Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.). After retiring all three batters he faced in the sixth, Ruotolo worked another scoreless frame in the seventh to keep Louisville’s lead at three.
Melley singled up the middle with one out in the eighth to force a UofL pitching change. After Darras singled, the Huskies brought the tying run to the plate before the Cardinals escaped with a double play. Louisville scratched across another run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, and a two-out single drove home two more to put the game out of reach at 8-2.
Up next, the Huskies return to New England for a midweek game at Massachusetts on Tuesday, April 29. First pitch from Amherst, Mass. is set for 3 p.m.
- Tom Verdi was hit by a pitch in the first inning and is now tied for the most HBPs in program history with 47 in his career.
- Connor David extended his hitting streak to six games with a second-inning single
- Nico Darras has a hit in each of his last five games and is 7-for-11 (.636) over that stretch
- Bobby Melley’s multi-hit game was his first of the series and 19th of the season
- Jack Sundberg stole multiple bases in a game for the fourth time this year and has a team-high 20 swipes in 2014.