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STORRS, Conn. -- Due to unplayable field conditions at J.O. Christian Field, the UConn baseball home opener against Boston College scheduled for tomorrow will now be played at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. The Huskies will remain the home team for the contest and first pitch will remain at 3 p.m.
The Huskies are 17-9 on the year and are coming off a series victory in their American Conference opener at Tulane. Boston College is 11-13 this season and coming off a three-game sweep of Duke in an ACC series. UConn is 63-53 all-time against BC in a series dating back to 1909.
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) leads the Huskies at the plate this year, batting a conference-best .395 with eight doubles, two home runs and team-high 22 RBIs. Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) is tied for the team-lead in RBIs and is first on the squad with five home runs, also batting .293 and leading the nation with six sacrifice flies. Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) is slashing .314/.423/.422 from the leadoff spot and leads UConn with 26 runs and 14 stolen bases.
On the mound, the Huskies are among the nation leaders with a 2.33 ERA and hold opposing hitters to .206 batting average against. UConn allows only 6.63 hits per nine innings pitched, good for top-10 in the NCAA. Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) is scheduled to start against BC after notching a career-high six strikeouts in five innings of one-run ball to pick up a win vs. Yale on March 24.
Boston College comes into the contest riding a five-game winning streak after defeating Northeastern and Holy Cross in midweek contests prior to the sweep of Duke. Stephen Stauter leads the Eagles at the dish with a .343, slightly ahead of Donovan Casey at .338. Chris Shaw is a major power threat for BC, batting .273 with seven home runs, 31 RBIs and a .557 slugging percentage. The Eagles' pitching staff holds a cumulative 4.95 ERA and opposing batters are hitting .268 against BC pitching.
The Huskies and Eagles met last season in Chestnut Hill, a 2-1 victory for the Eagles. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 3-for-3 with a run scored and Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) struck out six in three scoreless innings of relief. UConn's last win over BC came on March 16, 2010, an 8-4 victory in Storrs.
Following the BC contest in the midweek, UConn is scheduled to host its first American Athletic Conference series of the year and welcome USF to Storrs. The Huskies and Bulls will lock up for three games from April 2-4.
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