March 10, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. (March 10, 2012) – The University of Connecticut baseball team lost the opening game of a day-night doubleheader to Illinois, 5-1, at the NIKE Showcase, hosted by Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped the Huskies to 5-7 overall and improved the Fighting Illini to 6-5. UConn takes on the host Beavers tonight at 10:00 pm.
Illinois did the bulk of its damage in the third inning when it jumped on Connecticut righty starter Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) for four runs on three hits. All three hits and four runs came with two outs. Sophomore shortstop Thomas Lindauer and redshirt-sophomore left fielder Jordan Parr each delivered RBI triples in the inning.
The Huskies’ lone run of the game came in the eighth inning. Junior 2B LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) was hit by a pitch and scored on senior first baseman Ryan Fuller’s (Old Lyme, Conn.) fifth double of the season.
Each team recorded eight hits, but Connecticut left eight runners on base, while Illinois left just two runners stranded.
Butler took the loss to move to 0-2 on the season. He pitched 4.1 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits, one walk and struck out three. Redshirt-senior lefty Ted Hurvul (Monroe, Conn.) pitched 3.2 innings of shutout baseball out of the bullpen.
For the Fighting Illini, freshman RHP John Kravets improved to 2-0, allowing just one run on seven hits and struck out six over 7.2 innings pitched.
Fuller, senior DH Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) and sophomore third baseman Mike Friel (Belle Mead, N.J.) were all 2-4 at the plate.