Coming off of a series win against Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J., the UConn baseball team was scheduled to return to the state of Connecticut and visit Yale at Yale Field, a venue in which they have lost their last two games. The game was moved to Garden City, New York, on the campus of Aldephi University, but it looked like it didn't matter where the game was played as the Huskies sprung out to an 18-1 win over the Bulldogs.
The 18 runs were a season high for the Huskies, besting their previous high of 14 against Siena on February 23. UConn scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Junior Max McDowell got the first runs on the board with a deep, three run homer to left field that kicked off a five-run first inning. The Huskies tacked on five more in the fourth and fifth innings to push their lead to 10-1.
Andrew Zapata, who is in the midst of a sophomore slump, got the midweek start for the Huskies and turned in a very good performance. Over his five innings of work, Zapata allowed just one run on three hits, allowing three walks while striking out five.
The Huskies bullpen was able to hold down the Bulldog offense the rest of the game, as the trio of Callahan Brown, Joe Rivera, and Samuel Nepiarsky pitched the final four innings and did not allow a hit or a walk, totaling five strikeouts.
As part of a 3-for-3 day, freshman Willy Yahn hit a three run triple in the sixth inning, part of seven runs in that frame to push the lead to 17-1. The Huskies finished the day with 18 hits (led by a four-hit day by the red-hot Vinny Siena) and improved their record to 14-8.
The Huskies will visit Central Connecticut today before opening American Conference play this weekend in New Orleans against Tulane.