March 22, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – The UConn baseball team dropped its second straight to open conference play, falling at South Florida by a score of 6-2 on Saturday evening at USF Baseball Stadium. The loss drops the Huskies to 10-10 on the year and 0-2 in The American, while the Bulls go to 15-7 and 2-0.
Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) took the ball for UConn and went 7.2 innings, allowing three earned runs off of three hits, walking two and striking out a season-high nine. His nine strikeouts moved him into 10th in UConn history with 180 career punch-outs. Casey Mulholland started for USF and tossed six shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) had three of UConn’s six hits on the day, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. USF opened the scoring with a home run in fourth, holding a lead until UConn manufactured a pair of runs to tie the game in the eighth. The Bulls responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning, including three after a costly error.
Siena picked up the first hit of the day for either side in the top of the fourth, moving to second before Mullholland retired the next two batters. Buddy Putnam put the Bulls on top in the bottom of the inning, hitting a two-run home run to right field to give USF a 2-0 lead.
Marzi responded to the home run-ball by retiring the next nine batters he faced, picking up four strikeouts over the stretch before plunking a pair of batters in the bottom of the seventh. Facing two runners on, Marzi picked up his ninth strikeout of the day to keep it a two-run game into the eighth.
Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) and Siena posted back-to-back singles to open the eighth, putting two on before a walk loaded the bases and led to another USF pitching change. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to bring in UConn’s first run, and Daniello bounced into a run-scoring double play to tie the game at 2-2.
USF responded in the bottom of the inning, picking up an RBI single with runners on the corners and two out to retake the lead. The Bulls scratched across another run after an error to make it 4-2 and chase Marzi, before Patrick Ruotolo
(Peabody, Mass.) entered and allowed a base hit to score two more runs.
The Huskies put runners on the corners in the ninth with one away, but a double play ball ended the contest.
UConn and USF conclude their conference series with a 1 p.m. start tomorrow afternoon.
- Anthony Marzi now has 180 career strikeouts, moving into 10th in program history. He is currently one away from tying John Kelly (92-94) for ninth.
- Marzi is also eighth all-time in UConn history with 242.2 innings pitched, becoming the sixth player at Connecticut to rank in the top-10 in both innings and strikeouts.
- Vinny Siena recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the season and second in UConn’s last three games.