Feb. 17, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Freshman Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) made his first career appearance as a pinch-runner in the 15th inning and soon scored from third on a wild pitch en route to a 4-3 win for the University of Connecticut baseball team over Indiana on Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium. Senior righty Dan Feehan finished the four hour and 58 minute marathon by pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half to give the Huskies (1-1) their first win of the season, while the Hoosiers, the preseason favorite in the Big Ten, fell to 1-1.
Freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) reached with one out in the 15th on a walk and advanced to second on a balk before Head Coach Jim Penders called on Daniello to run. Daniello stole third and after sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) drew a walk, Daniello came home on the wild pitch by IU’s redshirt-junior right Walker Stadler.
Redshirt-sophomore RHP Carson Cross (Exeter, N.H.) started and lasted six innings, allowed three runs, two earned and struck out four. Four pitchers out of the UConn bullpen combined to toss nine shutout innings, while giving up just three hits, striking out six and walking six.
Indiana scored first in the bottom of the first inning, but Connecticut answered with a run in both the second and third. Junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) led off the second with a single and stole both second and third base before scoring on a groundball to short by senior designated hitter Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.). In the third, redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) led off with a single, stole second and scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Hoosiers regained the lead in the home-half of the third when sophomore first baseman Sam Travis hit a two-run home run that hugged the left field foul pole. The Huskies tied the game again in the top of the fourth after Verdi was hit by a pitch to lead off and scored on a base hit by McDowell up the middle. After that, the two teams went nearly two and a half hours without scoring a run.
In the seventh, redshirt-sophomore LHP David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) worked out of a bases loaded, no outs situation with a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play.
Between the 10th and 12th innings, each team left six runners on base. UConn left two on in each inning, while IU left the bases loaded in the 12th as senior RHP Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) worked a strikeout and a groundball to second to end the threat. For the game, the Huskies left 16 runners on base after leaving 12 on base against Purdue on Friday.
Connecticut returns to action Sunday at 1:00 pm in a re-match against Purdue at Al Lang Stadium as junior lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) takes the hill for the Huskies.
- For UConn, it was the longest game since a 16-inning, 2-2 tie against Holy Cross on March 22, 2011 at J.O. Christian Field.
- LJ Mazzilli went 0-for-7 to end his hitting streak at 13 games.
- UConn is now 4-1 all-time against Indiana and 15-28 against teams currently in the Big Ten.
- Carson Cross pitched a career-long six innings and ended a stretch of 22.1 innings without giving up a run.
- Jon Testani was hit by a pitch for the second straight game and has been hit by 19 pitches in 34 career starts.