STORRS, Conn. - Senior 1B Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the UConn baseball team over UMass, 5-0, on Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the non-conference win, Connecticut improves to 25-22, while the Minutemen drop to 14-23 overall.
The Huskies improve to 89-72-3 all-time against UMass and also jump up to 6-3 against foes from New England in 2016.
Junior RHP Andrew Zapata (3-1) earned his first start since March 23 and shined in 5.0 innings of work, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts en route to his third win of the season. The Husky bullpen finished off the final four innings, scattering five hits in relief.
Melley became the third Husky to notch a four-hit game this season, joining Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) and Tyler Gnesda (Laguna Nigel, Calif.). The Husky co-captain launched a solo home run and scored a pair of runs, while Gnesda picked up two hits in three at-bats to go along with an RBI.
Connecticut, which owns an 18-9 record when scoring first, put three runs on the board in the fourth. After Melley opened the inning with a ringing single to right and Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) walked, Daniello ripped an RBI single over the head of the first baseman to plate the team's first run. Connecticut tacked on another via an RBI groundout off the bat of John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) and scored its third run on an RBI single from Gnesda.
Melley added to the Huskies' lead in the fifth, blasting his seventh home run of the season over the hedges in right field. Connecticut tacked on a run in the sixth when Zac Susi (Southington, Conn.) lifted a deep fly to center, plating Toppa on two-base sacrifice fly.
With the win, UConn improved its home record to 10-5.
Connecticut continues its midweek slate on Wednesday, May 11 when it travels to Brookline, Mass. to challenge Northeastern at 2 p.m. A game preview is available by CLICKING HERE.
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