March 28, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The University of Connecticut baseball team totaled just 11 hits in two games as it was swept in doubleheader action in a pair of pitcher’s duels at Seton Hall by scores of 4-3 and 3-0, with the first game decided in 11 innings. The Huskies dropped to 14-9 overall and 2-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Pirates lifted their record to 11-12 and 3-2.
SHU walked off in the first game on a hit-and-run with freshman left fielder Zach Weigel lining a groundball through the left side and bringing in freshman pinch-runner Derek Jenkins with the game-winning run from third. Jenkins stole second after entering the game for sophomore third baseman Kyle Grimm, who singled with one out.
It was the first extra-inning loss for UConn since falling to Seton Hall in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament on May 26, 2012. The Huskies had won each of their last six extra-inning games.
Junior lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) started for UConn and pitched 6.1 innings as he scattered six hits; yielding three runs without walking a batter and striking out a season-high seven. Redshirt-sophomore lefty David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) got the Huskies into extra innings by leaving a pair of Pirate base runners in scoring position in the ninth by getting outs from the two batters he faced.
Senior righty Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) dropped to 1-2 in the loss for Connecticut as he allowed the 11th-inning run along with one strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief.
Senior RHP and BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year Jon Prosinski tossed 6.2 innings in a no-decision for Seton Hall. He gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts. The win went to junior RHP Brian Gilbert (1-3), who pitched 4.1 innings out of the pen and surrendered one run on three hits, while striking out three.
Freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to lead the UConn offense. Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) went 0-for-5 to end his career-best 15-game hitting streak.
Game two marked the first shutout for Connecticut since falling to USF in the BIG EAST semifinals on May 26, 2012. The Huskies managed just three hits; the lowest output of the season.
Junior lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) dropped to 1-2 on the year with the loss. He gave up just two runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings.
Junior RHP Josh Prevost (2-1) allowed just three hits in 7.1-scoreless innings of work, despite four walks. Sophomore RHP Jose Lopez picked up his first save of the season with three strikeouts and two walks in 1.2 innings pitched.
UConn and SHU will have Friday off before returning to action for a 1:00 pm contest on Saturday, March 30.
- UConn snapped a streak of six straight extra-inning victories in game one; last losing in extras to Seton Hall in the BIG EAST Championship in 2011.
- The Huskies were shutout for the first time this season in game two; last being shutout in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship by USF.
- LJ Mazzilli went 0-for-5 in game on to snap a career-best 15-game hitting streak.
- The top three hitters in the UConn order combined to go 2-for-24 in the doubleheader, both hits by Tom Verdi (2-for-9).
- The bullpen allowed an extra-inning run for the first time this season and snapped a streak of 20 straight innings without allowing a run.
- Vinny Siena tied for the team-lead in multi-hit games with his third three-hit game of the season.
- Seton Hall leads the all-time series with Connecticut, 45-32.