MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - UConn scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed en route to a 9-4 win over College of Charleston on Tuesday night at Patriots Point.
College of Charleston (11-8) managed just three hits, while the Huskies (11-7) scored nine runs on 13 hits, the second-most by any CofC opponent this season.
Connecticut's Connor David hit a three-run homer for UConn while Bobby Melley had a single, double and two RBI. College of Charleston's Ben Boykin hit an RBI double, while Bradley Goodson and Jimmy Holton had hits and scored runs.
Pat Butler (1-0) picked up the win for the visitors, relieving starter Christian Colletti in the third inning. Blake Ross (1-1) suffered the loss for CofC, allowing seven earned runs on six hits in the first two innings. The Cougar bullpen only allowed two runs for the seven innings, but CofC could not draw even.
Melley plated two runs with an RBI single with two out in the first inning. After a single from Jon Testani, David hit a three-run home run to right field to put the Huskies up 5-0. UConn added two more runs in the top of the second after an RBI triple from L.J. Mazzilli. Mazilli trotted home on an RBI single from Vinny Siena.
The Cougars responded with a run in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with none out after three walks. Alex Pastorius hit a sacrifice fly to score Brandon Murray, but Morgan Phillips grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Charleston loaded the bases again in the third inning, and Gunnar Heidt drew a walk to score Jimmy Holton. Murray hit a sacrifice fly RBI and Boykin doubled to right center to score Bradley Goodson and cut the margin to 7-4.
UConn added a run in the fourth after Siena came in from third on a wild pitch from Taylor Alvarez. The Huskies scored another run in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI groundout from Billy Ferriter.
The Cougars were unable to tally a hit after the third inning, despite eight walks on the game.