STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore RHP Wills Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) fired six innings of scoreless ball to lead the UConn baseball team over UCF, 3-0, on Sunday at J.O. Christian Field. The Huskies completed a three-game sweep of the Knights and improve to 29-22 overall, while UCF drops to 25-28 with the loss.
The win extends the Huskies' win streak to six-straight and moves the team to 9-3 in its last 12 contests.
Montgomerie (4-3) pushed his scoreless streak to 12.0 innings in the victory, allowing just three hits with eight strikeouts on the way to his fourth win of the year. Senior Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) fired a clean seventh inning before Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) finished off the final two innings to secure his team-leading seventh save of the season.
At the dish, sophomore 3B Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) collected his 19th multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4, while freshman OF John Toppa (Portsmouth, R.I.) recorded an RBI and scored a run in the victory.
Connecticut, which owns a 20-9 record when scoring first, jumped ahead 1-0 in the first when Toppa picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.
The Huskies added to their lead in the third, plating two runs on RBI base knocks off the bats of Gnesda and Alex LeFevre (Mansfield, Conn.).
After Over worked out a jam in the seventh, Ruotolo picked up three strikeouts in a 2.0 innings of work.
Prior to first pitch, the program honored the seven members of the Class of 2016 with a ceremony behind homeplate.
With the victory, Connecticut moves to 8-4 all-time Central Florida in a series dating back to 2013.
UConn returns to the diamond for its final home game of the season on Tuesday, May 17 when it welcomes URI to J.O. Christian Field at 1 p.m.
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