UConn Hosts UMass in Midweek Showdown

The UConn baseball team will continue their nine-game home stand this week as Massachusetts comes to J.O. Christian Field Tuesday afternoon.

The Huskies (25-15) have been terrific in midweek play, currently 8-2 during the week with a 7-1 mark against teams from New England.

“We’ve been playing well and winning series all year,” coach Jim Penders said. “But we’ve been better on the road than at home. We’ve been on the road continuously, and we’re just getting used to being on our field.”

The Huskies have played just six games at J.O. Christian. They are 3-3 at home. This past weekend, UConn dropped two out of three against American Athletic Conference rival East Carolina.

Look for Andrew Zapata to continue his hot stretch. He is coming off back-to-back gems. He tossed seven one-run innings against Northeastern on April 7 and then went for seven shutout innings at Fairfield on April 14.

UConn has been led at the dish this season by Vinny Siena, batting .362 and eighth nationally with 64 hits. Siena leads UConn with 36 RBIs. Willy Yahn is second on the squad with a .348 average.

Yahn, a freshman, has been quite a surprise. “He had to wait his turn early in the year to get his opportunity at third base. He’s a freshman, coming from a really small high school (Housatonic Regional). A lot of people were surprised we recruited him. We knew what we were getting. He’s a guy who’s uniform is dirty before we get off the bus it seems, plays the game the right way, like his hat is on fire. He’s not a physically gifted kid, but he gets the most out of his body…When he got his opportunity, he’s embraced it,” Penders said.

Massachusetts visits Storrs with a record of 11-14 after dropping a three-game Atlantic-10 series to St. Louis. UMass as a team holds a .248 batting average and a 5.20 ERA this season.


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