March 24, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. – Senior righty Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) came on in the ninth to nail down his second straight save in a 3-2 BIG EAST win for the University of Connecticut baseball team at Georgetown on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies took the series, two games to one, and improved to 13-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while the Hoyas dropped to 15-8 and 1-2.
Moore, UConn’s closer, issued a one-out walk to GU sophomore shortstop Ryan Busch, who stole second and moved to third on a groundball out to the right side. With two outs and the potential tying run just 90 feet away, senior first baseman lined a ball towards center, but was cut off on a leaping grab by Connecticut senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) to end the game.
The Hoyas got on the board first with an unearned run in the first inning and the Huskies, playing as the home team on the road all weekend, tied it up in the bottom of the second. Sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) led off with a walk and came around to score on a base hit to left center by freshman shortstop Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.).
Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, UConn tied the game again; this time on a solo shot to right field by senior left fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.).
Mazzilli manufactured the eventual game-winning run in the fifth as he led off with a single to center, stole second, advanced on a balk and scored on a wild pitch. He went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) made his first start of the season in his seventh appearance of the season. He moved his record to 2-0 in a 5.1-inning outing with two runs allowed, one earned, on five hits and struck out just one. Redshirt-senior RHP Will Jolin (Guilford, Conn.) was the first pitcher out of the pen and tossed two-hitless innings.
Sophomore lefty Matt Hollenbeck went just 3.2 innings in the start for the Hoyas; allowing two runs on three hits and seven walks. The loss went to sophomore righty Will Brown (3-1) as he gave up one run and struck out two in two-thirds of an innings.
The Huskies return to action in Connecticut with a mid-week game at 3:00 pm on Tuesday at the University of Hartford in West Hartford on Tuesday, March 26.
- LJ Mazzilli extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games.
- Jordan Tabakman made his first start since Apr. 14, 2012 at St. John’s; he is 3-1 in four BIG EAST starts.
- Bryan Daniello made his second start of the season at shortstop.
- Stanley Paul made his first start in the outfield since May 19, 2012 against Notre Dame.
- UConn played its first 20 games of the season on the road for the first time since 2005.
- UConn lowered its team ERA to 2.88.
- The Huskies are 5-3 with Tom Verdi batting lead-off.