May 3, 2014
MEMPHIS – The UConn baseball team dropped game two of a weekend conference series at Memphis, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at FedExPark. The loss evens the series and drops UConn to 22-24 (6-10 The American), while Memphis improves to 24-23 (6-11 The American).
The Tigers took an early 2-0 lead, and after the Huskies cut the lead in half Memphis used a four-run, error-aided seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) led the Huskies at the plate with a 2-for-3 day, as the Tigers held a 13-6 edge in hits on the day.
Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) went 1-for-3 for the Huskies and stole two bases, while Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) was 1-for-4 with a double and scored the lone UConn run. Darien Tubbs and Jake Little led the charge for Memphis with three hits apiece.
Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) started for UConn and went six-plus innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on 11 hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Jon Reed (6-2) got the start for Memphis and went the distance, allowing one run on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Tigers jumped in front early, using sacrifice flies in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. Tabakman (3-3) settled in following the third, using a pair of strikeouts in the fifth inning to work around a leadoff base hit. The Huskies threatened against Reed with base runners in each of the first five frames, but couldn’t bring anything across.
Connecticut finally broke through in the top of the seventh. Siena led off the inning with a double to left field, and moved to third before scoring on an RBI groundout from Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.).
Memphis responded right away in the bottom of the seventh, setting the table with a pair of hits before two errors on an infield single allowed two runs to score and stretch the lead to 4-1. Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.) entered for Tabakman with no outs in the frame, and the Tigers tacked on two more runs to go up by five.
Davey picked up his second hit of the afternoon in the eighth, but that was all the Huskies could muster in the late innings as Reed closed out his complete game and the Tigers evened the series at 1-1.
The Huskies and Tigers conclude their series tomorrow afternoon with a rubber match at 12:30 p.m. Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) is set to make the start on the bump for Connecticut.
- Tom Verdi stole two bases in a game for the first time in 2014, he has multiple steals in six games in his career
- Vinny Siena doubled for the second straight game after not hitting a two-bagger since March 25 at Hartford prior to yesterday’s game
- Blake Davey recorded his team-high 20th multi-hit game of the year