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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Winner of its last three series, the UConn baseball team (7-6) begins its Spring Break trip this weekend when it participates in the 2015 BB&T College Baseball Series at Fluor Field. The Huskies will take on USC Upstate (7-8) on Saturday at 11 a.m. before a second game on Saturday against Furman at 7 p.m. The Huskies round out the tournament against Michigan State (7-7) on Sunday at 11 a.m. The weekend kicks off eight games in four states over eight days for Huskies during their trip.
After taking two of three at Florida International last weekend, the Huskies opened midweek play on Wednesday with an 8-4 win over Sacred Heart. The UConn bullpen combined to toss 5.1 scoreless innings while Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) each homered for the Huskies.
Overall this season, Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) leads the Huskies with a .347 average and .459 on-base percentage, ranking among the national leaders with 10 stolen bases. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) is batting .328 with a team-high 11 RBIs, while Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) and McDowell lead the squad with three home runs each.
On the mound, the UConn pitching staff is led by the front-end of its rotation and starters Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) and Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.). Cross rang up 15 FIU Panthers in his last start, most by a single pitcher in the Jim Penders era, and is third nationally with 41 strikeouts this season. Kay is among the national leaders with a 0.59 WHIP and a 1.24 ERA and has a 31:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season. The Husky pitching staff as a whole has a 3.08 ERA and is holding opponents to a .236 batting average against.
UConn has never faced Furman or USC Upstate in the history of the three respectrive programs, while the Huskies are 0-4 all-time against Michigan State. After this weekend, the Huskies begin a trek north with midweek contests at Wake Forest and William & Mary on March 17 and 18.