March 1, 2014
NASHVILLE - After the UConn baseball team topped Lipscomb in 10 innings on Friday, the Bisons returned the favor to even the weekend series with a 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon at Dugan Field. With the loss, UConn drops to 4-4 on the year while Lipscomb moves to 3-8.
The extra innings loss was UConn's first of the year in its third try. Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) got the start for the Huskies and was solid in seven innings plus, taking a tough-luck no decision after allowing two runs, one earned, six hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Will Blalock started for Lipscomb and lasted four innings, allowing a pair of runs, both earned, and surrendering two hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) paced the UConn offense with a 2-for-4 day, driving in a run. The Huskies only mustered five hits on the day after posting double-digits in the hit column the last four games. Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) was 1-for-4 and posted an RBI, and Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Aaron Hill (Groton, Conn.) led off the third with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. After Daniello picked up his second walk of the day to put runners on the corners, Siena scored Hill with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Another sac fly made it 2-0 an inning later, with Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) lifting one to drive McDowell home.
Lipscomb got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, when Grant Massey cracked an RBI double to cut UConn's lead to 2-1. The Huskies pushed the lead right back to two in the next half inning, when Yavarone knocked in Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) with a run-scoring single.
Marzi pitched into the eighth for UConn, before he hit Jason Allison with a pitch and was relieved by Max Slade (Cheshire, Conn.). Allison advanced to second on a wild pitch, eventually scoring on a failed pickoff attempt. The Bisons then tied the game with an RBI single from Drew Adams, sending it to the ninth as a 3-3 contest.
After UConn went down in order in the top of the ninth, Mike Korte picked up a one-out double for Lipscomb in the bottom of the inning. David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) replaced Slade after the hit, and got out of the inning to send the contest to extras.
Mahoney was relieved by Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) in the bottom of the 10th, who surrendered a leadoff double to Massey before walking Adams. Lipscomb sacrificed the two runners over to second and third, and after an intentional walk and a strikeout Chad Shannon drew a walk to win it for the Lipscomb.
UConn and Lipscomb conclude their weekend series tomorrow afternoon with a 2 p.m. rubber match in Nashville. Senior Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) will take the ball for Connecticut.
- Vinny Siena extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and has reached base safely in 18 straight contests. Both streaks date back to last season.
- Anthony Marzi's seven innings pitched marked the most for a UConn starting pitcher in a game this season. He is now ninth all-time in program history with 223.1 innings pitched and 15th all-time with 161 strikeouts.
- Aaron Hill drew his seventh walk of the season, the freshman leads the squad with seven bases on balls in eight games.
- Lipscomb's run in the 10th inning snapped a 19-inning streak without allowing an earned run for the UConn bullpen.