April 1, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The UConn baseball team was felled by a pair of costly errors in a 2-1 loss at Boston College on Tuesday afternoon at Shea Field. The loss drops the Huskies to 12-13 on the season, while the Eagles improve to 8-18.
The Huskies out-hit the Eagles, 7-4, on the day, but neither team was able to produce an RBI. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) continued his torrid pace with a 3-for-3 day and scored UConn’s lone run.
Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) made the start on the mound for UConn and tossed five-plus innings, allowing a run, unearned, on one hit and six walks with two strikeouts. Mike King got the start for the Eagles and went five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts.
The Huskies threatened against King with baserunners in each of the first five innings, including a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity that BC worked out of in the fourth. After struggling with walks early, Zapata settled in over his final innings of work, and closed his outing by setting down seven Eagles in a row after 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth.
UConn finally scratched across the game’s first run in the top of the sixth, when Melley scored on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a walk. The Eagles responded in the bottom half of the inning with their first hit of day, and Zapata gave way to Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.). Boston College tied the game with another hit before a throwing error made it a 1-1 game. Ruotolo limited further damage after getting a force out at the plate before a strikeout ended the frame.
Ruotolo struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh, and tossed his third scoreless inning in the bottom of the eighth. UConn couldn’t muster any offense in the top of the ninth, and after a leadoff single the Eagles walked off in the top of the ninth, scoring on an error for the second time.
Up next, UConn returns home for another midweek game, hosting Connecticut rival Yale. First pitch from J. O. Christian Field tomorrow (April 2) is set for 3 p.m.
- Bobby Melley is 23-for-42 (.548) over UConn’s last 12 games. He also recorded his ninth multi-hit game of the year and fourth in his last five games.
- Andrew Zapata lowered his ERA to 1.42, best among UConn pitchers with at least 15 innings.
- Blake Davey was hit by a pitch for the eighth time this season, most on the team.
- Patrick Ruotolo had a career-high six strikeouts in three scoreless innings.
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