Feb. 24, 2012
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Sophomore LHP Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) tossed his second quality start in two tries and freshman center fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) continued to roll at the plate as the University of Connecticut baseball team ran off with a 7-2 win over Xavier at the Cougar Invitational, hosted by the College of Charleston at Patriots Point, on Friday afternoon. The Huskies evened their record at 2-2, while the Musketeers fell to 1-3.
Ward threw seven innings, allowing just four hits for the second straight start and gave up two runs, while collecting four strikeouts. The reigning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week improved to 2-0 on the season. Yavarone went 2-4 at the plate, including the first homerun of his career. Through his first four collegiate games he is 6-11 with three runs and three RBI.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third, sophomore right fielder Anthony Aceto (
An inning later, the UConn lineup produced four more runs, behind a pair of homeruns, to extend the lead to 7-2. Senior DH John Sulzicki (
Fuller and sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (
Ward’s day was done after the seventh and redshirt-junior RHP Will Jolin (
Redshirt-sophomore righty Vinny Nittoli started and took the loss for the Musketeers. He lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits. Freshman southpaw Alex Westrick pitched 3.2 innings in relief and allowed one unearned run on just two hits, while striking out three.
Junior left fielder
It was the first meeting between the two squads in program history.
The Huskies return to action tomorrow evening when they play the host