May 11, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn baseball team fell in the conclusion of Saturday’s halted game before dropping an 8-4 series finale to Houston on Sunday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the series sweep, the Huskies drop 23-27 (7-13 The American) on the year and the Cougars improve to 39-13 (13-8 The American).
The first game of the day picked up with Houston leading 4-2 in the sixth inning, and the Cougars were able to close out the win, 7-2. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) homered for UConn in the contest before it was halted to provide the offense.
In game two, UConn got a strong outing on the mound from Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) but the Cougars rallied for seven runs over the final two innings in an 8-4 win. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) homered and drove in two for Connecticut in the setback, and Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) had three hits.
Game 1 – Resumed from Saturday, May 10
The Cougars led 4-2 when the game was resumed, with a runner on first on one away in the sixth inning. Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) entered on the mound for the Huskies, and the Cougars stretched their lead to 6-2 by capitalizing on three errors in the frame.
Ward settled in after his first inning of work, and finished with no earned runs in 2.2 innings. The Cougars tacked on another run on a wild pitch in the ninth, and closed out a 7-2 win thanks to four scoreless innings from Tyler Ford, who earned his third save.
Game 2 – Originally Scheduled
UConn took an early lead in the second game of the day, going up 2-0 in the first inning. Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) and Davey got the inning start with a single and a double, respectively. Melley lifted a sacrifice fly to center field that plated Verdi, before Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) legged out an RBI infield single to give the Huskies a two-run lead.
The Cougars got a run back in the top of the second with an RBI groundout, but the Huskies got two more back in the bottom of the third. Melley started the scoring with a long home run that cleared the right field bleachers, before Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) cracked an that RBI double pushed the lead to 4-1 and chased UH starer David Longville.
Kay began to cruise over the middle innings, not allowing another run over his 6.2 innings of work. After a pair of hits in the top of the seventh, Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) entered with two-on and two-out and promptly fanned the first batter he faced to keep the lead at three.
Houston roared back in the top of the eighth, scoring three times to level the score at 4-4. Chase Wellbrock (4-0) continued to silence the UConn bats in the bottom of the inning, working his second of three scoreless frames. The Cougars took the lead with a four-run ninth against the UConn pen, before Wellbrock tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth and sealed an 8-4 win.
The Huskies are back in action on Tuesday when the play Rhode Island in a doubleheader at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. Game one of the twin-bill kicks off at 11 a.m. with game two to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion.