Cross, Kay help Huskies win two of three against No. 21 Kennesaw State

A week after winning a pair of games at Siena, the UConn baseball team took two of three this weekend against nationally-ranked Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The Huskies (4-5) started the weekend strong, notching 5-3 and 7-0 wins on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before dropping the Sunday afternoon matinee to Kennesaw State (6-4) by a 6-1 score.

On Friday, small ball was the story for the Huskies’ offense. They scored one run in the first, second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings. UConn was active on the base paths, stealing six bases and executing three bunt hits. Jon Testani and Jack Sundberg each had two RBIs for the Huskies, while Bryan Daniello stole three bases and scored three runs.

Carson Cross found success on the mound for UConn on Friday, going 5.2 innings and firing a career-high 11 strikeouts in the victory. Cross worked out of bases-loaded jams in the first and second innings. Devin Over also pitched 1.1 innings, and Nico Darras picked up his first career save for the Huskies to seal a 5-3 win.

In the series’ middle game on Saturday, UConn starting pitcher Anthony Kay dominated the Owls. Kay gave up only two hits over 8.0 innings of shutout ball, and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. In 23.0 innings this season, opposing hitters are only batting .095 against Kay. Trevor Holmes pitched a scoreless final frame, completing the 7-0 shutout.

Offensively, the Huskies were fueled by a three-run home run by Blake Davey and a solo shot from Max McDowell. UConn then scratched out three more runs in later innings, using a fielder’s choice and two more Daniello stolen bases to add insurance scoring to their lead.

UConn could not complete the sweep on Sunday, as they fell 6-1. Davey homered again, smacking a solo shot that would eventually stand as the Huskies’ only run of the game. Sundberg and Bobby Massey both added two hits each in the defeat.

On the mound, Jordan Tabakman struggled for UConn, allowing six runs, four earned and eight hits over 6.0 innings. Opposing Tabakman was Kennesaw’s Gabe Friese, who allowed just one run over six innings. Replacing Friese was Chris Erwin, who pitched three scoreless innings and added an RBI single to help close out the Huskies.

UConn will return to Florida to resume their season next Friday, as they will play a three-game set against the Florida International Panthers. First pitch in Miami is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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