March 19, 2013
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Sophomore catcher Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.) capped off a five-run first inning with a three-run home run as the University of Connecticut baseball team went on to defeat the College of Charleston at Patriots Point, Tuesday evening. The Huskies lifted their record to 11-6 on the season and took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series with the Cougars, who dropped to 11-9.
Junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.), hitting in the lead-off spot for the fifth straight game, singled through the right side and redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) was hit by a pitch to set table. With one out the two runners successfully executed a double steal for their 10th stolen bases of the season. With two outs, freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) singled through the right side to pick up two RBI.
Sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) singled up the middle and David followed with a homer, the first of his career. David did not record an extra-base hit in 60 at-bats as a freshman, but already has four in 23 at-bats this season.
UConn added two runs in the second to push the lead to 7-0. Ferriter walked and scored on a triple to right by senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.). For Mazzilli, it was his fourth of the season and 13th of his career as he added to his Connecticut record. Freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) singled in Mazzilli with the first of his four hits in a 4-for-5 effort.
Freshman left-hander Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) made his second start of the season and went just two-plus innings in a no-decision. He walked five and gave up one hit; yielding three earned runs. He was lifted in the third for senior right-hander Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.). Butler (1-0) earned his first win of the season in one inning of work, allowing one run on two hits and a walk.
Redshirt-sophomore righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) pitched a season-long four-hitless innings in relief with three strikeouts.
Junior RHP Blake Ross (1-1) lasted just one-plus inning before being pulled for redshirt-freshman RHP Taylor Alvarez. Ross gave up seven runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks, while Alvarez tossed four innings, allowed one run on five hits and struck out three. Freshman LHP Player Loving struck out five over three innings of work with one run allowed.
Collectively, Connecticut outhit Charleston, 13-3.
The Huskies return home to Connecticut where they will play a three-game BIG EAST series against Georgetown with all three games played at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, beginning at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 22.
- LJ Mazzilli went 2-for-5; his 10th multi-hit game, to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
- Bobby Melley has reached base in 13 consecutive games.
- Vinny Siena picked up his ninth multi-hit game and his fourth with three or more.
- UConn now leads the all-time series against CofC, 2-1, having met in each of the last three seasons.
- The UConn infield turned a season-high three double plays.
- Three hits allowed by the UConn pitchers is the lowest of the season…previous low was six; four times.