March 3, 2013
DeLAND, Fla. – The University of Connecticut baseball team rattled off its fifth consecutive win with a 9-3 victory over Stetson at the Bright House Tournament at Melching Field, Sunday afternoon. The Huskies swept the field for the weekend and improved to 6-3, while the host Hatters dropped to 4-5.
UConn score two or more runs in four separate innings, including two in both the first and second to grab an early 4-0 lead. Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) powered the Huskies with four RBI on a 2-for-4 day with two runs scored, two walks, a double and a stolen base.
Junior lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) scattered four hits through his first six innings of work before being tagged for three runs, two earned, on three hits in the seventh inning. He improved to 1-1 on the season in his second seven-inning outing of the season.
Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) led off the game with a double, stole third and scored on a passed ball. Sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) extended his career-long hitting streak to nine games with a RBI single to score Mazzilli.
The Huskies added to their lead with a pair of runs in the seventh on a base hit by sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) to score Mazzilli and Yavarone.
After Stetson cut the lead in half with three runs in the home half of the seventh, Connecticut answered by gaining all three runs back in the visitor’s eighth. Freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) drove in Daniello with a base hit and Mazzilli picked up two more RBI on his fourth double of the season. He is now second all-time at UConn with 55 career doubles.
Junior lefty Austin Perez started for the Hatters and took the loss in four innings of work. He let up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five.
The Huskies return to action next week for a three-game series at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas.
- LJ Mazzilli is second all-time with 55 career doubles and trails Mike Nemeth (2008-11) for first all-time at 70.
- Eric Yavarone has hit successfully in all nine games this season; beating his streak of eight straight games with a hit to open the 2012 season.
- Jon Testani drove in two runs for the second consecutive game.
- UConn is 6-3 to start the season for the first time since 2010 and just the third time under Head Coach Jim Penders.
- UConn evened the all-time series with Stetson at 3-3; the last win coming in 1967.