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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The UConn baseball team (10-6) continues its Spring Break trip with a pair of midweek games in the southern United States, taking on Wake Forest (13-8) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before a contest at William & Mary (10-5) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The two match-ups are part of eight games in seven days across four states for the Huskies during their Spring Break.
The Huskies are coming off an impressive showing at the 2015 BB&T College Baseball Series, sweeping three games against USC Upstate, Furman and Michigan State at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. Overall, Connecticut is 9-2 in its last 11 contests.
UConn is 4-6 all-time against Wake Forest and has never faced William & Mary. The Huskies are 64-26-1 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association, home of the Tribe. Wake is the first of two opponents for UConn this season from the ACC, joining Boston College (March 31 in Storrs).
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) has led UConn at the dish in the first quarter of the season, holding a team-best .347 batting average with seven extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) has been a spark from the leadoff spot with a .339 batting average, topping the club with a .455 on-base percentage and 11 stolen bases. Max McDowell, recently named to the 2015 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, is batting .316 and is tied for the team-high with three home runs, while Joe DeRoche-Duffin is slashing .277/.452/.553 and also has three long balls to go with a team-best 14 RBIs.
The UConn pitching staff has been excellent as a whole, holding a 2.68 ERA on the year (26th nationally) and limiting opponents to a .224 batting average against. The Huskies have struck out 139 batters in 141.0 innings and issued only 56 walks. Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) is scheduled to start at Wake Forest and William Montgomerie (Lakeville, Conn.) will get his first career starting nod at William & Mary.
Wake Forest hosts UConn with a 13-8 record on the year, including a 9-4 mark on its home field. Wake most recently dropped two of three in an ACC series with nationally-ranked Florida State. The Demon Deacons are led by slugger Will Craig, who holds a .442/.526/.805 slash line with six home runs and 31 RBIs on the year. All nine Wake regulars bat at least .300, including Kevin Conway (.390) and Jonathan Pryor (.377) in support of Craig. As a team, Wake holds a .316 batting average with 26 home runs and a .503 slugging percentage in 21 contests. The Demon Deacon pitching staff has compiled a cumulative 5.79 ERA on the season, allowing a .274 batting average against.
William & Mary is 10-5 on the season, with a perfect 4-0 mark at Plumeri Park. The Tribe most recently took two of three in a CAA series at Hofstra. Cullen Large leads the W&M attack with a .406 batting average, while Charley Gould slashes .397/.463/.741 and is tops on the squad with five home runs and 22 RBIs. Ryan Hissey also has connected for five long balls in 2015 and is second on the squad with a .607 slugging percentage. The Tribe hit .288 as a team and hold a cumulative 5.33 ERA. Wednesday starter Aaron Fernandez has made two starts this year and is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched.
Following the two midweek contests, UConn continues its trek north for three games in two days at Seton Hall on March 19 and 20. The Huskies will take on Fordham and SHU on Friday before another game with the Pirates on Saturday.
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