March 30, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) singled to right with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to drive in the eventual game-winning run in a 3-2 victory for the University of Connecticut baseball team at Seton Hall, Saturday afternoon. The Huskies bounced back from a doubleheader sweep on Thursday to improve to 15-9 on the year and 3-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Pirates dropped to 11-13 and 3-3.
Sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) led off the ninth with a single through the left side and advanced on a sacrifice-bunt and a ground out to short before scoring the winning run.
Senior RHP Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) came on to close the game in the bottom of the ninth, but after hitting two batters he left the game with one out and runners on first and second. Redshirt-sophomore LHP David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) entered and immediately got a pair of outs to record his first career save.
The win went to redshirt-sophomore righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.). He pitched one inning and saw two base runners reach to lift his record to 3-0. Sophomore righty Jose Lopez (0-2) wound up on the short-end of the decision for SHU. He tossed 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one run on two hits and a walk.
Redshirt-sophomore right-hander Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) lasted seven innings in the start for the Huskies as he scattered six hits and allowed two runs, both in the first, while striking out a career-best nine. Senior left-hander Greg Terhune struck out five and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks in 6.1 innings for the Pirates.
Trailing 2-0, UConn cut the lead in half in the third on a solo home run by freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.). The Huskies later tied the game in the sixth on a sac-fly by freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) to score senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.).
Connecticut returns to action in its home opener on Monday, April 1 against Quinnipiac at 3:00 pm at J.O. Christian Field.
- UConn is 7-0 when Carson Cross starts.
- Jordan Tabakman is second on the team in wins with three; all in relief.
- Max McDowell hit his first career home run.
- UConn played each of its first 24 games on the road; the longest such streak since playing 21 in a row away from home in 2005.
- 2005 was also the last time that UConn did not play a home game in the month of March.
- David Mahoney became the fourth UConn reliever to record a save this season.