March 1, 2013
DeLAND, Fla. – Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) went 4-for-5 at the plate and junior left-handed starter Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run, in a 5-2 win for the University of Connecticut baseball team over Ohio State on Friday afternoon. The win, played at Melching Field at Stetson University, moved the Huskies to 4-3 as they won their first Friday game of the season, while the Buckeyes dropped to 5-3.
For Ferriter, it was the sixth four-hit game of his career. He is 7-for-12 in the last three games, lifting his average to .344. Ferriter singled in his first two at-bats and then hit a tie-breaking solo home run to lead off the top of sixth inning. It was just his second home run in 690 at-bats. He also doubled and stole a base in the game.
Marzi (1-2), coming off three- and 4.1-inning outings, gave up just five hits and walked one, while striking out four to earn his first win of the season. Senior righty Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) pitched 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one run on one hit and two walks.
Junior RHP Jaron Long (1-1) went 6.2 innings in the loss. He gave up four runs on 10 hits and one walks, while striking out five.
Ohio State threatened in the bottom of the first when senior shortstop Kirby Pellant reached on an error and stole third. Redshirt-senior first baseman Brad Hallberg flew out to right and Pellant attempted to tag and score, but was thrown out at the dish by sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.).
UConn’s first run of the day came in the second inning as Testani singled home freshman designated hitter Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.).
OSU tied the game in the fifth on a two-out solo home run by redshirt-senior second baseman Ryan Cypret.
Playing with a 2-1 lead, the Huskies added two runs in the second on a throwing error that scored junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) from second and a RBI single by freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) to bring in freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.).
In the ninth, Connecticut added another insurance run on a RBI single by sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.). Siena, who went 3-for-5 on the day, singled with one out and came around to score on the base hit over short. Yavarone extended his team-leading seven-game hitting streak by going 2-for-5.
Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) went 2-for-5 with a triple, tying him with Brian Majeski for the most career triples at UConn all-time with 11.
The Huskies take the field again tomorrow at 1:00 pm against Central Michigan.
- Billy Ferriter’s four-hit game is the second of the year by a Husky and his first since Apr. 29, 2012 at Louisville.
- Ferriter’s only other career home run came on Mar. 25, 2012 at West Virginia.
- Ferriter picked up his third stolen base of the year and is now tied for second all-time at UConn with George Springer (2009-11) with 76.
- LJ Mazzilli has hit two triples and is now tied with Brian Majeski (1992-94) for first all-time at UConn with 11.
- Eric Yavarone has hit safely in all seven games this season; he started the 2012 season on an eight-game hitting streak.
- Vinny Siena now has five multi-hit games in seven games played.
- UConn is 4-7 all-time against Ohio State and 2-6 under Head Coach Jim Penders.
- UConn last beat Ohio State in 2010, at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, 5-4.