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Baseball Drops Doubleheader to CSUN on Sunday in California

Ronnie Rossomando fired 5.1 scoreless innings on Sunday in game two
March 13, 2016

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The UConn baseball team participated in its first doubleheader of the 2016 season, falling twice to Cal State Northridge on Sunday afternoon at Matador Field. The Huskies dropped a 12-4 contest in game one before suffering a 2-1 setback in the nightcap. Connecticut moves to 8-6, while CSUN improves to 14-3 with a pair of victories.

The Huskies sit at 2-2 on their eight-game West Coast Trip and will continue non-conference play on Tuesday, March 15 at Southern California. The Huskies move to 3-3 all-time against the Matadors in a series dating back to the 2010 campaign.

Game One | 1 p.m. ET

Senior co-captain Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) paced the Husky offense in the opening game, going 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBIs. The Husky 1B has reached base safely in 14-straight games and leads the team with six multi-hit contests.

Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) picked up a pair of hits and scored two runs, while Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) finished 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored.


 

 

The Matadors took a 1-0 lead in the first but Montgomerie was able to limit the damage, working out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by inducing an infield fly and an inning-ending strikeout. CSUN added a run in the second but Montgomerie collected his sixth strikeout of the game to strand runners on second and third and keep the deficit at two.

CSUN extended its least to 5-0 in the fourth, scoring three times in the frame courtesy of three hits and a Husky fielding miscue. The home team broke the game open in the sixth, scoring five times and jumping out to a 11-0 lead.

Connecticut broke onto the scoreboard in the seventh, scoring three runs on four hits. Melley delivered the big blow, launching his third homerun of the season to cut the deficit to 11-2. Later in the frame, LeFevre added an RBI single, plating Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.), who reached on a single.

Game Two | 4 p.m. ET

Freshman RHP Ronnie Rossomando (Stratford, Conn.) delivered a strong performance in his second collegiate start, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and just four hits allowed.

At the dish, senior Connor Buckley (Stonington, Conn.) earned his first starting nod of the season and went 1-for-3 with a double and scored the lone Husky run.

Connecticut struck first, manufacturing a run in the top of the fifth. Buckley opened the frame with a double into the right centerfield gap and moved to third on a groundout to the right side. Troy Stefanski (North Stonington, Conn.) notched his fifth RBI of the season, bringing Buckley in with a sac fly and giving the Huskies a 1-0 edge.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of Connecticut until the eighth inning when senior Branden Berry opened the inning with a solo shot to left. The Matadors scored the eventual game-winner later in the inning on a sac fly.

The team continues its West Coast road trip on Tuesday, March 15 when it travels to the campus of USC to take on the Trojans at 9 p.m. ET. Check back to uconnhuskies.com on Monday for a complete game preview.

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