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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn baseball team (29-20, 8-10 American) hosts its final three games of the season this weekend when it welcomes Cincinnati (15-32, 6-12 American) to J.O. Christian Field for a three-game conference set. The Huskies and Bearcats will square off on Friday, May 8 at 3 p.m. before a 1 p.m. start on Saturday, May 9 and a noon first pitch on Sunday, May 10. The Sunday contest will mark Senior Day for UConn's six-member class of 2015.
FANS: Be advised that due to commencement activities on campus there may be heavy traffic this weekend, especially in the Gampel Pavilion area. Please allow extra travel time and use back roads if possible when traveling to this weekend's contests.
UConn will honor its senior class of Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.), Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.), Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.), Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.), Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) and Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) before Sunday's game. The four hitters in the class have combined to record 435 hits and 28 home runs in their respective careers while the two pitchers have logged 482.1 innings and notched 36 wins and 352 strikeouts between them. The senior class played an integral part in UConn capturing the 2013 Big East Championship title in its final year in the league.
Connecticut and Cininnati have squared off 23 times in the past, with UConn up 14-9 in the all-time series. Last season the Huskies took two of three at the Bearcats' Marge Schott Stadium.
The Huskies enter the weekend ranked second in The American with a .288 batting average, led by Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) with a .355 mark along with 54 runs scored, six home runs and 46 RBIs to rank among The American's best. Willy Yahn (Sharon, Conn.) is batting .341 and Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) is up to .309 with 14 doubles. Davey leads the conference with 18 two-baggers and Joe DeRoche-Duffin (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) share the team lead with seven home runs apiece.
On the mound, UConn holds a league-leading 2.71 ERA on the year and holds opponents to a .224 average against, also tops in the conference. Cross leads the way with a 9-2 record and a 1.89 ERA, recently becoming the fourth player in program history to notch 100 strikeouts in a single season. Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) is second in the conference with a 1.69 ERA and has 74 punch-outs against only 17 walks in 85.0 innings pitched. Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) leads the Huskies with 20 appearances out of the bullpen and holds a 2.05 ERA in 26.1 innings pitched.
Cincinnati enters the weekend with a 15-32 record, including a 6-12 mark in The American after winning two of three in a league set at Memphis last weekend. Ian Happ leads the Bearcats across the board with a .366 average, 13 home runs and 35 RBIs this year. Ryan Noda is second on the squad with seven home runs and 28 RBIs, as the Bearcats have clubbed 29 home runs on the year as a team. On the mound, Andrew Zellner has thrived in a variety of roles, holding a 2.21 ERA to lead the team over 15 appearances, seven starts. Ryan Atkinson leads the club in wins (4) and holds a 3.49 ERA, second among qualified pitchers.
Following the Cincinnati series, UConn hits the road for its final midweek game at Rhode Island on May 12. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.