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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Looking to build on its 4-1 start to an eight-game Spring Break trip, the UConn baseball team (11-7) is set for three games this weekend at the Strike Out Cancer Classic hosted by former Big East rival Seton Hall (6-8). After weather cancelled Friday's game, the Huskies are now scheduled to play Seton Hall (6-8) on Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. and Fordham on Sunday, March 22, also at 10 a.m. Another game against Seton Hall will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Huskies most recently split a pair of midweek contests, dropping a 6-2 decision at Wake Forest before bouncing back with a big 12-1 win at William & Mary on Wednesday night. UConn rang up 13 hits and seven extra-base hits against the Tribe, led by a three-double performance for Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) and the first career home run for Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.).
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) leads Connecticut with a .346 average this season, notching a team-best six doubles along with 13 RBIs. Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) has been a catalyst at the top of the order with a .329 average, 12 RBIs and 12 stolen bases while Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) has been a welcome addition to the lineup with a .269/.457/.519 slash line and a team-best 15 RBIs. Davey, DeRoche-Duffin and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) are tied for the team-high with three home runs.
On the mound, each of UConn's three weekend starters have made five starts and hold sub-3.00 ERA. Friday starter Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) has recorded double-digit strikeouts in his last three starters and is currently second nationally with 51 punch-outs on the year. Sophomore southpaw Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) is among the tops in the NCAA with a 1.25 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP, while Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) is coming off seven one-run innings in his last start and holds a 2.70 ERA in 2015.
UConn has faced Fordham four times in the past, playing once in 1991 and three times in 1993. The most recent meeting in the 2-2 all-time series came at the 1993 NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla. The Huskies have met former conference-foe Seton Hall 78 times in the past, with the Pirates up 45-33 all-time. UConn leads the series 12-11 under 12th-year head coach Jim Penders.
Following the weekend at SHU, UConn is scheduled to play its first two games in the state of Connecticut with midweek contests at Yale and Central Connecticut on March 24 and 25.
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