March 9, 2013
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The University of Connecticut baseball team split a doubleheader with Sam Houston State on Saturday afternoon and took the weekend series, two games to one. The Huskies (8-4) shutout the Bearkats (8-7) in game one, 8-0, and fell in game two, 6-4 on a walk-off home run.
Redshirt-sophomore righty Carson Cross (Exeter, N.H.) improved to 3-0 with a 7.1-inning shutout effort in the first game. He struck out five and scattered four hits. Junior righty Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) finished the game with 1.2 innings of work to extend the UConn winning streak to seven games; matching the team’s season best from 2012.
Sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored for the Huskies. He started a two-run inning in the third with a lead-off single, picked up a two-run double in the fourth and added another two-run double in the ninth. Testani is the third player in 12 games to record four RBI in a game.
Junior lefty Cody Dickson (2-2) lasted just 2.1 innings for SHSU. He allowed two runs on three hits and four walks. Sophomores Chase Atwood and Shea Pierce each went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Bearkats.
In the bottom of the ninth of game two, sophomore DH Hayden Simerly blasted a walk-off home run to end Connecticut’s seven game winning streak. Sophomore shortstop Carter Burgess singled with one out and scored ahead of Simerly, who recorded his second home run of the weekend.
Junior lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) allowed four runs on eight hits, while striking out four batters in 5.1 innings of work. Senior righty Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) took the loss in the ninth to drop to 1-1 on the season. He tossed 1.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits.
Sophomore LHP Andrew Godail threw five innings and surrendered three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in the start for Sam Houston State. Junior RHP Jordan Simms (1-1) struck out the only batter he faced to earn the win.
The Huskies started five freshmen in the nightcap. First baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 3-for-3, while left fielder Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) went 3-for-4 in his first career start. Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) made his first career start at shortstop.
- UConn matches its season-long win streak from 2012 at seven games.
- Jon Testani became the third player this season to drive in four RBI in a game.
- Carson Cross pitched a career-long 7.1 innings.
- UConn is 5-4 all-time in the state of Texas.