March 25, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The University of Connecticut baseball team completed a weekend sweep of West Virginia with an 8-1 road win on Sunday afternoon behind six inning of five-hit, one-run pitching from redshirt-freshman righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.). Tabakman improved to 2-0, while the Huskies inched closer to .500 as their record now stands at 10-11 and 3-0 in the BIG EAST. The Mountaineers fell to 11-15 and 0-3.
It was the final match-up between the two teams as conference opponents. UConn took over the lead in the all-time series, now holding a 25-23 edge over WVU. The win also marked the 299th career victory for head coach Jim Penders.
The Connecticut offense came alive for the third straight game this weekend and fourth overall as the Huskies have now won four games in a row, scoring eight runs or more in all four games.
The first run of the game was scored by UConn in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) was hit by a pitch and stole both second and third base, before crossing the plate on a wild pitch. West Virginia tied the game at one in the bottom half when redshirt-sophomore left fielder Matt Frazer drove in junior second baseman Brady Wilson with a double to right center.
The Huskies regained the lead in the fourth inning when freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) grounded into a 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded, bringing in senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.), who led-off the inning with a double, from third.
From there, Connecticut
never looked back, adding three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Ferriter led-off the fifth with a solo homerun to left, the first homerun of his career.
The next big hit for UConn came in the sixth when Fuller hit his second double of the game and team-leading 10th of the season to bring across the final two runs of the game.
Junior right Dan Dierdorff took the loss for the Mountaineers, falling to 3-2 on the season. He pitched 5.2 innings and gave up all eight runs on 10 hits, two walks and struck out three.
Ferriter, Fuller, junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman third baseman Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) all recorded two-hit games for Connecticut. Mazzilli now leads the team with nine multi-hit games and has stretched his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Huskies return to J.O. Christian Field for the first of five home games this week with a 3:00 pm contest against intrastate rival Hartford on Tuesday, March 27.