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UConn Baseball Takes Down Fairfield

The Huskies had strong pitching and timely hitting in the win.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn Baseball got the victory for the fourth time in five games as they beat Fairfield 6-1 in the first game at the renovated Alumni Diamond.

Third baseman Willy Yahn had two hits and scored a run for a strong offensive day, but committed two errors in five chances.

Second baseman Conor Moriarty (3-for-4) broke his four-game hitless streak, adding three RBI.

Shortstop Anthony Prato also had two hits for his eighth multi-hit game of the year.

With a fourth-inning single, Tyler Gnesda increased his hitting streak to nine games.

Ronnie Rossomando had a great outing for the Huskies, giving them five innings of one-run ball. He allowed just three hits, walked two and struck out five Stags.

The Huskies kicked off the scoring in the third off the bat of Prato, who doubled down the right field line to bring home Moriarty.

UConn could have scored more, but two base-running miscues brought the inning to a swift end.

Fairfield was able to respond with a run on an RBI double of their own, this one coming off the bat of Kevin Radziewicz to tie up the contest.

The Huskies gave Rossomando a little cushion in the fifth.

First baseman Chris Winkel came around and scored on a double into the gap by Moriarty, who was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Center fielder Troy Stefanski scored to make it 3-1 when Yahn hit into a fielder’s choice with runners on the corners. Mac Crispino couldn’t complete the double play with an errant throw, allowing the inning to continue.

The Stags’ best chance to tie the game was in the seventh, getting the bases loaded with nobody out thanks to defensive miscues, but Doug Domnarski got the first out and was relieved by Sam Nepiarsky who got the final two to preserve the two-run lead.

UConn put the game away with three runs in the eighth, all coming with two outs.

Yahn made a heady base-running play on a ball hit up the middle by left fielder John Toppa. Michael Conti couldn’t handle it and was charged with an error. Yahn beat the throw home and it was 4-1.

Moriarty came to the plate after a Winkel walk and hit a two-run single to make it 6-1.

UConn (13-9) will open up conference play on the road against East Carolina in their next game. First pitch on Friday is at 6:30 p.m.