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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The UConn baseball team (0-3) returns to action this weekend when it takes on the Siena Saints (0-3) for three contests in the Sunshine State. The Huskies will play 'host' to the Saints in three contests at the spring training complex of the New York Mets, including a Sunday showdown at Tradition Field. First pitch on Saturday. Feb. 21 is set for 2:30 p.m. before a 1 p.m. start at Tradition on Sunday, Feb. 22 and another 1 p.m. game time on Monday, Feb. 23.
UConn is coming off a tough opening weekend at Florida Atlantic, dropping three contests to an Owl squad now receiving votes in the national polls. The Huskies' starting pitching was terrific in the series, with the weekend rotation of Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.), Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) combining to toss 18.0 innings and compile a 1.50 ERA and a 17:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Offensively in the opening series, Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) went 6-for-13 (.462) with a home run and scored three times. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) recorded a team-high three RBIs and Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) hit .333 with his first UConn home run.
Siena is also coming of an opening weekend sweep, dropping three contests at UConn's conference-mate Central Florida. After a 4-1 setback on opening night, Siena dropped 13-4 and 11-0 contests to the Knights in the final two games of the series. Justin Esquerra led Siena at the dish in the series, posting five hits in 12 at-bats for a .417 with an RBI. Dan Swain hit .333 with three walks and stole two bases, also hitting Siena’s lone home run of the weekend. On the mound, Matt Quintana made two appearances and did not allow a run, striking out five in 3.1 innings.
UConn and Siena have squared off 12 times in the past, with the Saints up 7-4-1 in the all-time series. The last three contests between the two squads came in midweek games, with one a year from 2005-07. The most recent was an April 23, 2007 contest in Storrs, an 8-5 victory for the Huskies. The Huskies are 88-28-3 all-time against the nine teams it has faced from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 82-83-3 in contests against teams from the state of New York.
Following the Siena series, UConn is back on the road from Feb.27-March 1 for a series at 2014 Super Regional participant Kennesaw State. The Owls are currently ranked in most of the major national polls and are No. 19 in the Baseball America poll.