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Fifth Inning Looms Large in Loss to UCF

LJ Mazzilli hit his 16th career home run.

Feb. 22, 2013

Box Score

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Connecticut baseball team gave up six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to a 7-3 loss to the University of Central Florida at Jay Bergman Field in the Wawa’s Weekend Classic, Friday night.  With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 1-3 on the season, while the Knights improved to 3-2.

UCF tagged UConn left-handed starter Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) for five runs, two earned, on two hits in the fifth.  For the game, Marzi (0-2) allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one in 4.1 innings pitched.  The big hits for the Knights came on a two-run double to deep center by redshirt-senior right fielder Erik Hempe and a two-run single by sophomore first baseman James Vasquez.  Hempe went 3-for-3 with a walk.

Junior right Ben Lively (2-0) held Connecticut to one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six in seven innings.

The Huskies scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning as senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) hit the team’s first home run of the season.  Sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) went 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk.

Trailing 7-1 in the ninth, Connecticut began to mount a late rally as freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) kept a modest four-game hitting alive to start his career, with a base hit.  Siena came around to score on a double by Mazzilli, who would be driven in from third on a groundball out by freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.).

The Huskies return to action tomorrow at 1:00 pm against Troy.



Game Notes:
- LJ Mazzilli's home run was the first in 12 games for UConn; the last by Tom Verdi at USF (May 13, 2012).
- Max Slade made his debut and pitched to Cheshire High School teammate Connor David.
- In the first four games of his first two seasons, Eric Yavarone is hitting .464 (13-for-28).
- Anthony Marzi recorded his first pick-off of the season in the first inning.
- UCF is slated to join the BIG EAST in baseball for the 2014 season.
- Seven of 10 starts are from the state of Connecticut.