Feb. 25, 2012
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough for the University of Connecticut baseball team to erase a nine-run deficit en route to a 10-6 loss to No. 29 College of Charleston at the Cougar Invitational, Saturday evening at Patriots Point. The loss dropped the Huskies to 2-3 on the season, while the Cougars improved to 4-1.
UConn scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning on a two-out single to center by redshirt-senior catcher Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.) that scored senior third baseman Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.). In the bottom half of the inning, CofC took the lead as senior third baseman Rob Harding singled up the middle with a pair of runners in scoring position.
The Cougars chased Husky junior righty Pat Butler (
Trailing 10-1 in the seventh,
In relief, freshmen
Despite the four-run disparity on the scoreboard,
Pavone finished the game 3-5, while Verdi went 2-5 and Martin went 2-4 with a pair of runs. For the Cougars, Harding totaled 3 RBI and junior shortstop Bradley Goodson went 4-5, while crossing home plat three times.
The Huskies take the field tomorrow morning for an 11:00 am first pitch against