March 11, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) pitched the first complete game of his career, but received zero runs in support as the University of Connecticut baseball team was shutout by No. 17 Oregon in the final game of the NIKE College Showcase at PK Park on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies fell to 6-8 on the season after a 2-2 weekend, while the Ducks improved to 12-3.
Despite playing at Oregon’s home field, UConn was the home team for this afternoon’s game. The Huskies are now 0-3 all-time against the Ducks. It was the first match-up between the two schools since the 2010 NCAA Regional at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn.
Oregon brought the first run of the game across the plate in the top of the first inning. Sophomore second baseman Aaron Payne was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a single by sophomore first baseman Ryon Healey, stole third on a double steal and scored on a groundball to short off the bat of sophomore right fielder Ryan Garlick.
In the bottom half, Connecticut loaded the bases on three straight singles by junior right fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.), junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) and senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.). The Ducks got out of the inning after a pop out in foul territory and a close call at second base on a groundball to short. For Paul, it was his first career hit in his second start of the season.
The Huskies were held to four hits by freshman lefty Brando Tessar who pitched a complete game shutout to improve to 3-0 on the season. Tessar struck out five and walked just two. Marzi gave up nine hits, four runs, only two of which were earned, and struck out four, while walking one. His record now stands at 0-3.
Junior shortstop went 2-4 with a run, a stolen base and a RBI for Oregon, while senior center fielder Vernell Warren went 2-4 with a double and a run.
Connecticut plays again tomorrow at Seattle University at 4:00 pm Pacific time.