March 13, 2013
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) posted the first five-hit game by a University of Connecticut baseball player in an 8-5 win at Central Connecticut State on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 9-4 overall, while the Blue Devils dropped to 4-4 on the year.
Siena went 5-for-5 with three runs batted in, two stolen bases and a run scored. UConn’s last five-hit game came on May 10, 2010 at Boston College as Doug Elliot collected five hits.
Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) and redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) both made moves in the Connecticut record book. Mazzilli became the Huskies’ all-time leader in triples with a RBI-three bagger in the ninth to score Ferriter, who preceded him with his 80th career stolen base. Ferriter is now tied for first all-time in program history with Dennis Dwyer.
Freshman left-hander Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made his first career start and picked up the win in 3.1-hitless innings. He struck out five and didn’t allow a base runner. CCSU junior center fielder singled with two outs in the first inning, but was called out for using a banned bat.
Leading 3-0 in the eighth, Siena led off the innings with a single and advanced on a sacrifice-bunt by sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.). After a walk to freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.), sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) ripped a double down the left field line to score Siena. Freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) followed up with a two-run single to double the UConn lead.
The Blue Devils cut the lead to three in the bottom half of the eight on back-to-back home runs. Sportman hit a two-run shot, followed by a solo blast by senior first baseman Tyler McIntyre. Sportman finished the day going 3-for-5 with four RBI.
The Huskies added two insurance runs in the away half of the ninth on Mazzilli’s triple and a base hit up the middle by Siena. CCSU erased those two runs with two unearned runs off of redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) in the bottom half. Tabakman picked up his second save of the season 1.2 relief innings.
Sophomore lefty Casey Brown (0-1) took the loss in a five-inning effort. He allowed three runs on six hits and three walks.
Connecticut is back on the road this weekend for a three-game series at Presbyterian College in South Carolina.
- Vinny Siena went 5-for-5; the first 5-hit game by a Husky since Doug Elliot (5/10/10 at Boston College).
- LJ Mazzilli took over the all-time lead in career triples at UConn with 12.
- Billy Ferriter tied for the all-time lead in steals with Dennis Dwyer (1990-93) at 80.
- Tom Verdi batted lead-off for the first time in his career, while Bobby Melley dropped out of the clean-up spot for the first time this season.
- Jordan Tabakman picked up his second save in as many tries.
- UConn is now 26-8 all-time against Central Connecticut.
- UConn stole a season-high six bases; reaching five steals for the fifth time this season.