The UConn Huskies baseball team improved to 6-1 on the season in midweek games with a 9-1 win over Northeastern on Tuesday at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs. It was UConn's second straight win over Northeastern, with the last loss coming at home nearly two years to the day (April 9, 2013). UConn improved to 20-11 after the victory, while Northeastern fell to 11-19.
Sophomore Andrew Zapata hasn't been as sharp for UConn as he was as a freshman, but he pitched very well against another Husky club in Northeastern, throwing seven innings of one-run ball. Zapata also scatted four hits and a walk while fanning five. Throughout the first two thirds of the game, run support was not coming easy for Zapata. The game remained tied at 1-1 after six innings, thanks to a stellar start from Northeastern starter Nate Borges.
UConn broke it open in the seventh, with Vinny Siena continuing his hot stretch with a two-run home run, part of a 2-for-4, three RBI day for the junior from Woodbridge, Conn. After the two spot in the seventh, Zapata exited and was replaced by junior Nico Darras. Darras, along with junior Max Slade, combined to finish the game with two scoreless innings, allowing no walks, two hits, and striking out four. UConn tacked on six more runs in the eighth, with RBIs from Willy Yahn, Joe DeRoche-Duffin, and Jon Testani.