March 15, 2013
CLINTON, S.C. – The University of Connecticut baseball team committed four errors in a 6-4 loss at Presbyterian College, Friday afternoon. The Huskies dropped to 9-5 on the season, while the Blue Hose improved to 12-7.
UConn loaded the bases in the top of the ninth on back-to-back base hits by freshman left fielder Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) and junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) and a walk to redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.), all with two outs. Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) came to the plate with the potential tying run in scoring position, but flew out to right field.
Mazzilli got the Huskies on the board in the first inning with his second home run of the season. It was his 17th career homer, tying him for 19th all-time in program history with Mike Johnson and assistant coach Jeff Hourigan.
Junior lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) took the loss in a six-inning start. Marzi (1-3) allowed seven hits for five runs; only two earned, and struck out two. Senior righty Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) gave up a solo home run and struck out a pair in two innings of relief.
PC answered Mazzilli’s first-inning home run with one of its own off the bat of junior first baseman Bud Zebedis to tie the game. The Blue Hose gained the lead in the second on two unearned runs and never relinquished the lead.
Sophomore left-hander Beau Dees (3-1) went 6.1 innings for the win. He walked five, but struck out four and held Connecticut to two runs on three hits. Freshman righty Michael Trebendis came on for the save, his second of the season, by getting Mazzilli to fly out.
Redshirt-senior center fielder Aaron Preston powered the Blue Hose offense with three hits in four at-bats and scored twice.
Mazzilli lifted his hitting streak to eight games by going 1-for-3 on the day, scoring two runs and knocking in two; the second on a sacrifice-fly in the third to score Verdi, who led off with a walk.
Connecticut and Presbyterian will play game two of the three-game series tomorrow night at 6:00 pm at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C.
- Friday’s game was the first between the two programs.
- UConn has won just one game of its last nine in the state of South Carolina, beginning with the 2011 NCAA Super Regional at USC.
- UConn’s six hits is the third lowest team total of the season.
- LJ Mazzilli’s eight-game hitting streak is the second longest of the season by a Husky; Eric Yavarone hit in each of the first nine games.
- Mazzilli tied for the team-lead with his fourth multi-RBI game of the season.
- Vinny Siena has reached base in all 14 games this season, while Bobby Melley has reached base in each of the last 10 games.