March 22, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. – The University of Connecticut baseball team opened BIG EAST play with a 5-2 loss at Georgetown on Friday afternoon. The Huskies dropped to 11-7 on the season, while the Hoyas improved to 15-6 and extended their winning streak to eight games.
UConn, playing as the home team, trailed 5-0 before getting on the board with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) singled to short to drive in both Husky runs. Melley went 3-for-5, his second three-hit game of the season.
Junior lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) pitched six innings in the loss for Connecticut. Marzi (1-4) gave up all five runs, only two of which were earned, on nine hits, while striking out a season-high six. Junior right-hander Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) came on in relief and saw just two opposing batters reach in three innings of work.
Redshirt-sophomore righty Jack Vander Linden (2-0) picked up the win for GU in five-shutout innings. He struck out seven and scattered four hits and walked three. Senior RHP Charlie Steinman nailed down his sixth save of the season, but did allow two hits, bringing that potential game-tying run to the plate.
In the bottom of the ninth, senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) singled with one out and Melley singled with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate, but sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) flew out to right to end the game.
Sophomore third baseman Ryan Busch powered the Georgetown offense with a 3-for-4 day and three runs to go with a two-run homer in the fourth.
The Huskies and Hoyas take the field tomorrow at 1:00 pm.Game Notes:
- UConn is 13-16 in BIG EAST openers and 3-7 under Head Coach Jim Penders
- The Huskies hold a 45-18 lead in the all-time series over the Hoyas.
- Connecticut will play each of its first 20 games on the road for the first time since 2005.
- Since winning seven games in a row, UConn is 3-4.
- Anthony Marzi
struck out a season-high six batters.