March 29, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn baseball team took an early lead and held it throughout, topping Rutgers by a score of 11-4 on Saturday morning at J.O. Christian Field. The game was the first of a weather-induced doubleheader scheduled for Saturday and the second of the day after a game that started on Friday was concluded. The Huskies move to 12-12 on the year and 2-3 in The American with the win, while Rutgers drops to 9-13 and 2-3 in league play.
Game two of the doubleheader was halted in the bottom of the first inning with no score. It will be resumed tomorrow, March 30, at 11 a.m.
Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) paced the UConn offense from the jump, clearing the bases with a three-run double in the first en route to 2-for-2, one run, one walk, four-RBI performance. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs, while Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) finished the day 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.
Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) got the start on the hill and fired seven innings of two-run ball, scattering five hits and striking out six without a walk. Gaby Rosa (2-1) made the start for Rutgers and lasted four innings, surrendering six runs, five earned, on five hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) scored two runs for the Huskies and Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) added a pair of RBIs. Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.) and Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) also provided RBIs in a balanced offensive performance.
Melley’s bases-clearing double came in the bottom of the first, after a pair of walks and an error loaded the bases. The Huskies tacked on three more runs in the third inning, when they used back-to-back RBI singles from Davey and Melley before a sacrifice fly from Yavarone to jump ahead 6-0.
Marzi (3-2) took a no-hit bid into the fifth inning, before RU picked up its first base knock of the day. The UConn lefty responded by striking out the side in the inning, preserving the six-run lead. In the bottom half of the frame the Huskies exploded for five more runs, with Testani and Sundberg each picking up two-run singles to stretch the lead to 11-0.
Rutgers tacked on two runs in both the seventh and ninth innings, but UConn was able to hold its early advantage and even the weekend series at one game apiece.
UConn and Rutgers will resume game two of the doubleheader tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) started for UConn on the hill and tossed a scoreless top of the first before the game was halted with UConn at bat in the bottom of the frame.
- Bobby Melley is 20-for-39 (.513) with six extra base hits and 15 RBIs in UConn’s last 11 games.
- Anthony Marzi has 15 strikeouts over his last two starts. He is now tied with Jesse Carlson (2000-02) for eighth in program history with 186 career punch-outs.
- Marzi also became the seventh player in UConn history to eclipse 250 career innings, moving into seventh all-time with 250.1.