The UConn baseball team rode another massive offensive day to an 18-5 rout over Bryant in Rhode Island Wednesday.
With the win, the Huskies (24-13) are a season-high 11 games over .500. The win also improved UConn to 5-3 all-time against Bryant.
Jack Sundberg turned in a career-high five RBIs out of the leadoff spot for the Huskies, while Vinny Siena and Eric Yavarone each had three hits. Bryan Daniello, Jon Testani and Eric Yavarone all scored three runs in the victory.
The Huskies struck first in the second inning with an RBI single by Yavarone to take an early 1-0 lead. Sundberg then knocked a two-run single into center field to extend the lead to 3-0 and force an early Bryant pitching change.
After a couple of Bryant doubles and a wild pitch cut the UConn lead to 3-2 after three innings, Sundberg got one back with an infield single in the fourth. The Huskies then used an unorthodox series of plays—an error, a balk, and a basepath interference call, followed by a Max McDowell single—to open up an 8-2 lead. The lead was extended to nine runs in the fifth inning, including another UConn run as result of a Bryant balk.
Sundberg picked up his fifth RBI of the day on a bases-loaded walk as the Huskies’ lead ballooned to 14-2 in the top of the sixth. Bryant chased UConn reliever Trevor Holmes with three runs in the bottom of the frame, but Devin Over came in the game to record two outs and prevent any further damage. Over stayed on the mound to keep Bryant off the scoreboard in the seventh.
UConn added three more runs in the top of the ninth, including an RBI single from Taylor Olmstead, his first career hit. Patrick Ruotolo finished over the Bulldogs with a scoreless ninth inning, securing the victory for the Huskies.
Freshman William Montgomerie was pegged to make his fourth start of the season by Coach Jim Penders, and he responded with his second win. Montgomerie allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits over five innings, and set a career high with six strikeouts. Freshman Joe Rivera also struck out two batters for the Huskies in one inning of work.
Up next, UConn will host East Carolina in a pivotal American Athletic Conference series this weekend. The series will begin Friday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs.