Feb. 15, 2014
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The UConn baseball team couldn’t get its offense on track and dropped a 3-0 decision to Indiana State on Saturday at North County Park. The contest, part of the 2014 Snowbird Classic, dropped the Huskies to 0-2 on the year, while the Sycamores move to 1-1.
Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) made the start for Connecticut but struggled with his command, failing to make it out of the fifth inning. In total, Marzi went 4.2, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts and five walks. David Stagg got the start for Indiana State and was sharp, going seven shutout innings while allowing two hits and three walks against six strikeouts.
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Nico Darras (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had UConn’s only two hits on the day, each singles. The Huskies’ pitching staff did well to limit Indiana State’s damage, stranding a total of 17 runners.
Marzi was able to work out of a bases loaded jam in the first, but Indiana State scratched across the game’s first run in the top of the second to jump on top 1-0. Darras picked up his first hit as a Husky to get UConn in the hit column in the bottom of the third with a single, and advanced as far as third before being stranded there.
After setting down the first two hitters in the fifth, Marzi allowed a single and surrendered his fifth walk of the day before being relieved by freshman Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.). Kay forced a lineout to end the Sycamore threat, stranding two Indiana State baserunners.
Kay set the Sycamores down again in the top of the sixth, and after a Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) walk Siena singled to set up the Huskies in the bottom half of the inning. Stagg pitched around the trouble, however, coaxing a pair of fly balls to end the threat.
Indiana State stretched its lead to 2-0 in the top of the seventh with a triple from Jacon Hayes followed by an RBI single for Mike Fitzgerald. After retiring the first two batters of the eighth, Kay issued a pair of walks and was relieved by Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.). Radue loaded the bases with another walk, but coaxed a pop out to Siena to keep it a 2-0 game.
Josh Dove relieved Stagg in the bottom of the eight, and after retiring Darras hit Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) with a pitch and was pulled in favor of Ryan Keaffaber. The move paid off, as the Sycamore lefty got a pair of groundouts from Sundberg and Siena to end the inning.
Radue issued a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth before David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) came on for Connecticut. An RBI single from Taylor Steen stretched the Sycamore lead to 3-0, before Mahoney got a strikeout and a foul-out to end the top of the ninth.
Keaffaber stayed on for Indiana State in the ninth, and got the heart of the UConn order to go down 1-2-3 to pick up his first save of the year.
Next up, UConn concludes its play in the Snowbird Classic when it takes on Auburn. First pitch tomorrow morning is set for a 11 a.m., and senior Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) will toe the rubber for the Huskies.
- Vinny Siena singled for UConn to extend his hitting streak to seven games, dating back to last season. He has also reached base safely in his last 13 games.
- Nico Darras recorded his first hit as a Husky. The Cal State Fullerton transfer also made his first start of the year, playing third base.
- Anthony Kay made his debut on the mound, going three innings and allowing one run.
- David Mahoney, who set a program record with 34 appearances a year ago, made his first appearance of 2014 and tossed a scoreless ninth inning.