Feb. 24, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) lifted a sacrifice-fly to left in the top of the 11th inning and redshirt-sophomore righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) shut the door in the bottom half to secure a 1-0 win over Texas Tech at UCF, Sunday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 3-3, while the Red Raiders fell to 4-3.
Sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) led off the 11th with his fourth hit by pitch of the year and advanced on a walk to sophomore catcher Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.) and a balk. Ferriter went 2-for-4 on the day as UConn was outhit by TTU, 8-5.
Tabakman worked one inning to earn his first career save. He walked one and struck out the final batter of the game looking on a change-up. Senior right-hander Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) gained the win in 1.2 innings of relief with three strikeouts. The loss went to senior RHP Jared McCrummen.
Junior lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) went toe-to-toe with Texas Tech junior lefty Trey Masek. Ward pitched seven innings, gave up five hits, walked two and struck out five. Masek became the second pitcher to go nine innings against the Huskies as he allowed five hits and struck out seven. He faced the minimum batters through five innings.
The Huskies first threatened in the seventh when freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) laced a one-out double and was thrown out at home following a base hit by sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.).
In the bottom of the ninth, Texas Tech nearly walked off with the victory. With two runners on and one out, Moore struck out a batter looking and got out of the jam on a great catch in right by Testani to rob sophomore left fielder Brett Bell.
Connecticut is back in action next week at the Stetson Tournament, beginning against Ohio State at 1:00 pm in DeLand, Fla.
- UConn has won six straight extra inning games; 2-0 this season.
- The game was the first between the two programs.
- UConn's last shutout came at home against Notre Dame, 4-0, on May 19, 2012.
- Connor David doubled in the sixth for his first career extra-base hit.
- Vinny Siena had a five-game hitting streak snapped with a 0-for-4 game.
- The game was delayed three hours due to rain.