MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Despite a late rally in the top of the seventh, the UConn baseball team dropped a rain-shortened 3-2 decision to Memphis on Sunday, May 1 at FedExPark. The game was called off due to lightning and precipitation in the Memphis area with two outs in the top of the seventh. With the loss, Connecticut drops to 24-19 overall, while Memphis jumps to 15-30.
Sophomore RHP Wills Montgomerie (3-3) took the loss after going 5.0-plus innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with three strikeouts, while Jonathan Bowlan grabbed the victory with a 5.2 inning scoreless effort for the Tigers.
Senior 1B Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) paced the Husky offense, registering two hits and four at-bats with an RBI and a run scored, while senior OF Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the setback.
Memphis struck first, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth. After back-to-back singles and a sac bunt put runners in scoring position, the Tigers plated runs on an RBI groundout and a throwing error by the catcher.
Connecticut threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs but Memphis reliever Connor Alexander worked out of the jam with an inning-ending strikeout.
Memphis added a run in the sixth on an RBI double off the bat of Jacob Elliott to push the advantage to 3-0.
UConn broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, cutting the deficit to 3-2 after Melley roped an RBI double down the right field line to plate Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.), who reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the frame. Next up, DeRoche-Duffin rifled a single into left, scoring Melley. Before Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) stepped into the box, the game was delayed by lightning in the area and did not resume following a 50-mninute period of heavy rain.
Connecticut moves to 7-4 all-time against Memphis in a series dating back to 1999.
Next up, the team welcomes East Carolina to J.O. Christian Field for a three-game league series on May 6-8. A full series preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Wednesday.
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