Bryan Daniello, Bobby Melley and Jack Sundberg each got a taste of regional action as freshmen. As a four-seed in the Blacksburg Regional in 2013, they got a win in their first game against the top-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies before falling in their next two to be eliminated.
Melley caught the final out in Clearwater for UConn's Big East conference title at the final Big East championship held before the American Athletic Conference won became a thing. Melley started in all 56 regular season games, while Daniello played in 52, making 49 starts. They both were serious contributors as freshmen to a team that won an NCAA Tournament game.
Sundberg also saw a lot of playing time as a freshman, appearing in 27 games and making 14 starts.
Fast forward to 2016 and those three are among the most important contributors to an NCAA Tournament team. Melley, Daniello, and Sundberg are third, fourth and fifth on the team in batting average, respectively. Melley is second on the team in home runs and Sundberg and Daniello were first and second on the team in steals. In 60 games, Melley missed three games, Sundberg missed two and Daniello didn't miss any.