Feb. 17, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The University of Connecticut baseball team fell to Purdue for the second time this weekend by a score of 5-3 at Al Lang Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies fell to 1-2 on the season, while the Boilermakers evened their record at 2-2.
For the second time in as many losses, freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) grounded out to end the game, while representing the potential game-tying run. For the game he went 2-for-5 and finished the weekend 6-for-19 with three multi-hit games.
Senior right-hander Robert Ramer tossed a complete game for Purdue despite allowing 13 hits. Her struck out six and walked none. Junior left-hander Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) took the loss after six inning and five runs, three earned. He struck out four, walked two and gave up seven hits.
The Boilermakers jumped out to a three-run lead in the away half of the first inning on three hits and an error. The Huskies cut the lead to one with a pair of runs in the home half. Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) led off with a double and scored on a single by Siena. Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) then doubled and freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) knocked in Siena with a single.
Mazzilli bounced back from a 0-for-6 performance, which ended his 13-game hitting streak, to go 4-for-4 with a double and triple.
Purdue pushed the lead back to two in the second, but UConn got the run back in the third. Mazzilli hit a lead-off triple, the 10th of his career, and scored on a RBI-single by Melley. Mazzilli is now tied for second in program history with Ferriter for career triples.
In Ward's last inning of work, the Boilermakers added an unearned run to go up 5-3.
In just his second appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery, senior RHP Stephen Catalina (Wolcott, Conn.) pitched two scoreless innings and struck out a pair.
Connecticut outhit Purdue, 13-8, for the game.
The Huskies return to action next week at the Wawa's Weekend Classic hosted by UCF against the host Knights at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 22.
- Eric Yavarone stole his first career base in his 62nd career game.
- The Huskies are now 0-5 all-time against Purdue.
- UConn starts the season 1-2 for the third season in a row.
- LJ Mazzilli's four-hit game was the first for UConn since Billy Ferriter at Louisville (4/29/12).
- The UConn bullpen has tossed 12-consecutive shutout innings and allowed just one run in the last 16.