Through almost four full seasons in Storrs, Bobby Melley has been an iron man. He didn't miss a single game in his first three years. Earlier this season, that streak was broken due to a stomach virus, and after a curfew violation at the conference tournament, he was forced to miss two more due to suspension.
Especially in his senior season, Melley has been one of the most consistent players UConn has had and missing his bat and his glove for those two games definitely hurt. He made up for lost time in the conference tournament final.
In his second at-bat of the title game against Houston, he took a first-pitch offering from Trey Cumbie into left field for a two-run home run. He ended up going 3-5 on the day, adding an additional RBI on two singles, with the RBI coming in the three-run ninth that ended up being fatal to Houston's title chances. Willy Yahn stood on third after a triple and Melley singled right back up the middle to plate UConn's third run of the inning and seventh of the ballgame.
Melley has 287 hits in his UConn career, seven off the pace set by Georgia Tech's Matt Gonzalez for the lead among all active players in Division I.