March 8, 2013
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Freshman Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) led off the top of the ninth with a walk, advanced twice on passed balls and sprinted home on a wild pitch with the go-ahead run as the University of Connecticut baseball team ran its win streak to six with a 6-5 victory at Sam Houston State on Friday night. The Huskies improved to 7-3 on the season, while the Bearkats, who recently picked up road wins at ranked opponents Texas and Rice, dropped to 7-6.
Redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) picked up the win, his first of the year, despite giving up the base hit to bring in the game-tying run, scored by an inherited runner, in the bottom of the eighth. In the ninth, Tabakman allowed a lead-off single and put down three consecutive batters to end the game.
Junior LHP Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) started for UConn and lasted 5.2 innings, gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five; all in the first three innings.
The Huskies scratched across a run in the first with two walks and two hit batters. Connecticut added two more runs in the second and chased SHSU lefty starter Caleb Smith after one-plus innings. Freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.), Daniello and redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) strung together three straight singles to lead off the inning. Freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) brought in a run with a walk and senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) picked up a sacrifice fly.
McDowell drove in junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) in the third to give UConn an early 4-0 lead. Verdi scored two runs, stole two bases, recorded a hit and reached in all four plate appearances. McDowell, who stole his first career base, was the only Husky to record two hits in the game as Connecticut was outhit, 11-7.
Sam Houston State cut the lead to one with a pair of runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Huskies pushed the lead back to two in the eighth as Verdi singled stole second, stole third and scored on the throw to third that sailed into left field.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Bearkats trimmed the lead to one on a pinch-hit solo home run by sophomore Hayden Simerly.
Sophomore shortstop Carter Burgress went 3-for-5 for SHSU with a run and a RBI, while sophomore second baseman Ryan Farney went 3-for-4 with a double and a steal.
In relief, freshman lefty Logan Boyd pitched seven-plus innings for Sam Houston State with nine strikeouts. He allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits and walked two.
The Huskies and Bearkats will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 1:00 pm ET. The remaining games of the series were originally scheduled for 5:00 pm Saturday and 2:00 pm Sunday.
- UConn is 7-3 to open the year for the first time since 2005.
- UConn’s longest winning streak of 2012 was seven games between March 21 and 30.
- Eric Yavarone went 0-for-4 and snapped a nine-game hitting streak.
- Tom Verdi stole multiple bases for the second time this season.
- UConn totaled five stolen bases for the fourth time this season.
- Billy Ferriter stole his 79th career base and trails Dennis Dwyer (1990-93) for first all-time.
- UConn is 4-3 all-time when playing in the state of Texas.