WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin blasted two home runs to lead the UConn baseball team over Holy Cross, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Hanover Insurance Park. With the win, Connecticut moves to 22-18, while the Crusaders fall to 22-23 in the 2016 season.
DeRoche-Duffin became the first Husky to record a multi-homer game since Ryan Fuller ('12) cracked a pair of round-trippers in a win vs. Rutgers on April 20, 2012.
Connecticut moves to 43-20-2 all-time against Holy Cross and 6-1-1 under current Husky head coach Jim Penders.
DeRoche-Duffin finished 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs, moving into a tie for first in the American Athletic Conference with 10 homers, while senior co-captain Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) reached three times, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.
On the mound, redshirt-freshman Jack Riley (West Boylston, Mass.) made the start, pitching into the fifth inning and allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts. The Husky bullpen went 4.2 innings, allowing just two baserunners with eight punch-outs. Joe Rivera (2-0) was credited with the win after recording the final two outs of the fifth inning.
On his 22nd birthday, DeRoche-Duffin gave Connecticut an early 2-0 advantage when he blasted a two-run home run to left field, plating Sundberg, who opened the frame with a leadoff walk.
Holy Cross answered with a solo shot off the bat of sophomore infielder Cam O'Neill to cut the Husky lead to 2-1 in the home half of the first.
DeRoche-Duffin added to the Connecticut lead in the sixth, launching a solo shot to right center before Sundberg registered his third home run of the season in the seventh. The Husky co-captain entered the season with one round tripper in his first three seasons in Storrs.
Wednesday's contest marked the second time the program recorded three home runs in one game season, matching its total from a win over Austin Peay on Feb. 27.
Connecticut resumes American Athletic Conference play with a three-game series at Memphis on April 29 - May 1. A complete series preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Thursday.