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STORRS, Conn. - With less than three months to go until the beginning of the 2016 season, the UConn baseball team named seniors Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) as co-captains for upcoming year, as announced by 13th-year head coach Jim Penders on Monday.
The squad wrapped up its fall season on Thursday with an annual workout atop Cemetery Hill on the Storrs campus, concluding the session at the graves of University Founders Charles and Augustus Storrs. After paying its respects to the duo, the team voted Melley and Sundberg as leaders for the 120th season in program history.
"Bobby and Jack have worked for everything they've gotten over the last four years," noted Penders. "They are two of our best players and both have different leadership skills and personalities. I am looking forward to helping them shepherd our team to a championship-level caliber in 2016."
The Husky tandem has been a part of 97 total wins since arriving prior to the 2013 season and helped the squad capture its third-ever Big East conference tournament title in 2013 en route to an NCAA Regional appearance. A season ago, Connecticut made a run as the six-seed at The American Championship, reaching the semifinal round of the tournament before bowing out to East Carolina in a tight 4-2 setback.
Melley, who served as a tri-captain in 2014, started all 60 games at first base for the Huskies in 2015, hitting .315 with 19 doubles and 19 multi-hit games. The slugger drove in 40 runs and hit a stellar .366 with runners in scoring position. In the field, he turned in a .995 fielding percentage. He became the 16th member of the program's 200-hit club when he put together a four-hit afternoon against East Carolina on May 2.
Sundberg becomes a first-time captain after serving as a catalyst for the Husky offense in 2015. An American Athletic Conference Second Team member, the centerfielder started all 60 games and hit .287 from the leadoff spot with a .412 on-base percentage. He chipped in 12 doubles, a pair of triples and one home run on his way to an NIEBA All-New England First Team Selection. In 21 multi-hit games, the Huskies posted a 15-6 record. During UConn's four-game run at The American Championship in Clearwater, Fla., the outfielder hit safely in all four games.
Connecticut begins its 2016 season on Feb. 19 when it opens a three-game set at Texas San-Antonio at Roadrunner Field.