March 26, 2013
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball led Hartford 2-1 heading into the eighth inning and came away with a 9-1 victory over its intrastate rival on Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 14-7 on the year, while the Hawks dropped to 3-16.
Freshman left-hander Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) improved to 2-0 in three starts. He pitched a season-long 5.1 innings, struck out four, and gave up one run on four hits and one walk. Senior righties Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) and Stephen Catalina (Wolcott, Conn.) combined for five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief. The UConn bullpen has pitched 17 consecutive shutout innings.
The Huskies manufactured runs in the second and third on an RBI single by freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) and a fielder’s choice hit into by redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.).
Connecticut broke the game open in the top of the eighth with four runs. After a double steal by Ferriter and junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.), freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) was intentionally walked to load the bases. Freshman DH Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) drew a walk to bring in Verdi. Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) then picked up two RBI on a single to right center and Daniello eventually scored on a bunt by McDowell.
In the ninth, Ferriter and Verdi executed a second double steal and Verdi was able to score from third on a ground out by senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.). Ferriter scored on a wild pitch and senior Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.) came to the plate and delivered a base hit to right; diving in Siena.
For the day, Melley went 2-for-4; picking up his fourth multi-hit game in the last five. Sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) went 1-for-3 with a run and UConn’s only extra-base hit on a third-inning double.
Redshirt-sophomore LHP Ryan Lukach (0-2) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, one six hits and a walk, while striking out a pair. Freshman center fielder Chris DelDebbio went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored as the Hawks were outhit, 11-4.
The Huskies return to BIG EAST play with a doubleheader on Thursday, March 28 at Seton Hall beginning at 1:00 pm.
- LJ Mazzilli went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
- The UConn bullpen has tossed 17 consecutive shutout innings.
- UConn is now 36-12 all-time against Hartford, dating back to 1985.
- The Huskies are 179-62-2 all-time against in-state opponents.
- Bobby Melley has four multi-hit games in the last five and has reached base in 17 straight.
- UConn has played all 21 games on the road this season; the longest such streak since playing 21 away from home to start the 2005 season.
- Billy Ferriter tied his career-high with three stolen bases; his career total is now 87.