April 29, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. – The UConn baseball team dropped a midweek contest at Massachusetts, 5-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The loss drops the Huskies to 21-23 on the year, while the Minutemen improve to 10-24 in 2014.
The Huskies fell behind in the second and fourth innings, and could never come all the way back. Nico Darras (Newport Beach, Calif.) led the offense with a 3-for-5, RBI effort, and Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) also had a two-hit game, scoring a run and stealing a base.
Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) started and lasted three-plus innings before coming out with an injury. In his brief stint, Zapata (3-2) allowed five runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Moloney took the ball for the Minutemen and went four innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and three punch-outs.
The Huskies threatened early with multiple baserunners in each of the first two innings, but Moloney was able to work out of a pair of jams. The Minutemen took the lead in the bottom of the second, opening the frame with a walk and three singles to go up 2-0.
UConn responded in the top of the third, loading the bases with no outs. That set the table for RBI singles for Darras and Siena, which along with a sacrifice fly from Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.), gave Connecticut a 3-2 lead.
The Minutemen re-took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a pair of unearned runs after a throwing error. An injury in the inning forced Callahan Brown (Jupiter, Fla.) to enter for Zapata with a runner on and no outs, and after allowing a run to score on a wild pitch Brown got out of the inning with the Huskies down 5-3.
Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.) came out of the pen for the Huskies in the fifth, and fired a pair of scoreless frames to keep the UMass lead at two. The Huskies manufactured a run with two outs in the top of the seventh when Sundberg singled and stole second before scoring on an RBI double from Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.).
The Huskies got two scoreless innings out of the pen from Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) to send the game to the ninth down 5-4. Testani and Siena singled with one away in the ninth, but a double play ball ended the game for the Minutemen.
The Huskies return to midweek action tomorrow when they travel to Holy Cross. First pitch from Worcester, Mass. is set for 5 p.m.
- Nico Darras turned in his third straight multi-hit game and first career three-hit outing. Darras now has a six-game hitting streak, during which he is 10-for-16 (.625)
- Tom Verdi was hit by a pitch in the third inning to take sole possession of HBPs in UConn history with 48.
- Devin Over lowered his ERA to 1.96 with two scoreless innings. Over has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances and held opponents off the board in 14 of his 17 outings in 2014.
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