April 1, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – As night fall reached J.O. Christian Field in the seventh inning, freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) lifted a fly ball to right field with two outs that rolled to the fence for a two-run triple and giving the University of Connecticut baseball team a walk-off 4-2 win over Quinnipiac in its home opener on Monday. The Huskies improved to 16-9 on the season, while the Bobcats fell to 9-11.
The umpires immediately called the game on account of darkness after senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.), who blooped a single to right, and freshman designated hitter Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.), who walked, crossed the plate.
The game lasted four hours and 24 minutes and was held up for one hour and 54 minutes in a lightning and rain delay after the first inning. After play resumed, the weather briefly changed to snow.
UConn took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, but QU tied the game on a two-out, two-strike single by sophomore center fielder Brian Ruditys that knocked off the first base bag and down the right field line to score pinch-runner Mike Blumenthal from second.
Redshirt-sophomore righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) started and went 4.1 innings before being pulled mid-at-bat due to an injury. He allowed one unearned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Senior righty Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) moved to 2-0 on the year with 2.2 innings of work and giving up one hit, one run and one walk. He struck out a season-high 5.
Freshman RHP Kevin Sustad started for Quinnipiac and only pitched the first. Junior RHP Ryan Walsh pitched four innings in relief and held the Huskies to two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. The loss went to senior RHP Kevin Costodio (0-1), who pitched 1.2 innings and surrendered two runs on three hits and a walk.
Melley finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI, while sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with a run.
Connecticut takes to the field again tomorrow at home against Boston College at 3:00 pm.
- The Huskies now own a 10-5 all-time record against the Bobcats.
- Jordan Tabakman entered the contest with one wild pitch in 19 IP this season, but allowed two in his 4.1 innings of work today. Both came in the third inning.
- Billy Ferriter swiped his team-leading 15th base of the season in the third. (15-21)
- Tom Verdi now has (15) HBP on the season after having 12 all of last season
- The Huskies are 10-0 this season when holding their opponents to 2 or fewer.
- The Huskies have not lost a home opener since the 2009 season when West Virginia claimed a 7-6 victory…in 2011, UConn tied Holy Cross 2-2 in 16 innings.
- Pat Butler recorded his 10th career victory which ties him for most on the Husky squad with Brian Ward.