Tribe Baseball Falters Versus Connecticut

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The William & Mary baseball team fell 18-1 to Connecticut on Friday morning in California. With the decision, the Tribe falls to 6-8, while the Huskies improve to 7-4.

Despite only scoring one run the Tribe collected 10 hits as a team. Juniors Charles Ameer and Ryder Miconi led the offense with two hits. Freshman Hunter Smith provided the Tribe’s only RBI.

Connecticut started the scoring with two runs in the top of the second inning. Bryan Daniello sent a single into centerfield starting the rally. He moved to second on a stolen base, before moving to third on an error on a pickoff attempt. The next batter, Zac Susi doubled into right field breaking opening the scoring. After Susi reached third on a groundout and Aaron Hill was hit by a pitch, an error on a stolen base attempt allowed for Susi to score, giving the Huskies an early 2-0.

The Huskies added a two-out run in the top half of the fourth inning. With two-outs, Troy Stefanski singled to left field. The next batter, Hill doubled into left, making the score 3-0 UConn.

UConn again rallied with two-outs this time scoring three runs. With one out, Bobby Melly walked, moving to second on a two-out walk Gnesda. The next batter, Daniello tripled to right clearing the bases. The next run came on a wild pitch, making the score 6-0.

The Green and Gold got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ameer broke up the no hitter with a single, which was followed by a single by Miconi. A fly out put runners on the corners with one out, before Hunter Smith singled into right brining around the Tribe’s first run, which cut the deficit to 6-1.

Connecticut tacked on nine more runs in the top of the sixth. Two walks sandwiched around a single from Willy Yahn loaded the basses with no one out. The next batter, Gnesda singled brining around two. Back-to-back singles from Susi and Stefanski brought in the third and fourth run of the inning A bases loaded walk brought around the fifth run, before Yahn hit a grand-slam homer, making it 15-1.

Duffin led off the top of the seventh inning with a homer over the left field wall. The Huskies went on to add two more runs in the eighth inning on RBIs from Yahn and Melley.

Junior Nick Brown was saddled with the loss for the Tribe. He tossed 4.2 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits, with three strikeouts.

Anthony Kay picked up the win for the Huskies. He tossed 8.1 innings allowing one run, while scattering 10 hits with six strikeouts. Kay took a no-hit bid into the fifth inning. Yahn led the offense with five RBI, while Gnesda, Daniello, and Susi all had two RBI.

The college closes out its trip to California with a doubleheader Saturday. W&M squares off with UConn again at 1 p.m., before playing Cal State Northridge at 5 p.m. Both time are EST.