March 24, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After a long rain delay put yesterday’s series opener on hold, the University of Connecticut baseball team came out and completed a 10-7 win, followed by a 15-4 thrashing of West Virginia in the first two games of the BIG EAST schedule, Saturday afternoon. The Huskies opened league play 2-0 and have lifted their overall record to 9-11, while the Mountaineers have dropped to 11-14 and 0-2.
UConn was on top 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh, while WVU had a runner on second and two out before the game went into a delay due to rain and lightning on Friday night. The Huskies put two more runs on the board when the game resumed on Saturday and held off a comeback attempt by the Mountaineers.
Senior righty David Fischer (Scotia, N.Y.) earned the win for Connecticut in game one, improving his record to 2-3 in his first start of the season. Fischer pitched six innings, gave up six hits and two runs, while striking out three. Sophomore righty Corey Walter fell to 2-3 in the loss for West Virginia after giving up the first eight runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings.
The Mountaineers scored five runs in the eight, but redshirt-junior righty Scott Oberg (Tewksbury, Mass.) came on for UConn in the ninth and locked down his fourth save of the season.
In game two, West Virginia hit three homeruns, but all three were solo shots as UConn outhit WVU 16-9 and won the game by 11 runs. The 15 runs were the most of the season for Connecticut, which has posted double-digit runs in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Sophomore lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) earned his first win of the season for the Huskies by pitching six innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, while striking out four. Redshirt-sophomore lefty Marshall Thompson dropped to 2-4 in the loss for the Mountaineers, pitching six innings and giving up six runs on nine hits and six walks.
In the two games combined, junior right fielder Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) went 4-8 with three runs and two RBI, coming out of the nine-hole, while junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) went 4-9 with four runs and three RBI. Three of Mazzilli’s hits were of the extra-base variety as he hit two doubles and a triple.
Senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.) picked up three hits in six at-bats to go with three runs in game two, while redshirt-senior catcher Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.) had a 2-3 afternoon in the second game with two runs, a homerun and a career-high five RBI.
The two teams take to the field for the final time in BIG EAST regular season play tomorrow at 12:00 pm.