April 5, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior righty David Fischer (Scotia, N.Y.) improved to 3-3 on the season after pitching six plus innings in an 8-2 win for the University of Connecticut baseball team at Pittsburgh, Thursday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 16-13 overall and 6-1 in the BIG EAST, while the Panthers fell to 14-13 and 2-5.
Fischer gave up eight hits and allowed two runs, one earned, while striking out a career-high seven and walking just one. He got into trouble in the seventh, but junior righty Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) came out of the pen to diffuse a second and third, no-out situation with three straight outs.
UConn scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead. Redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) singled up the middle and scored on a triple hit into the right center field gap by senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.). The Connecticut lead was lifted to two when Fuller scored on a double down the left field line by junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.).
The Huskies would add a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. Pittsburgh scored its first run of the game in the sixth and again plated one in the seventh.
Connecticut put the game out of reach in the eighth with four additional runs. The big hit of the inning came with one out and two runners in scoring position. Junior right fielder Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) came through with a single to right center, scoring freshman pinch-runner Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) and sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.).
Feehan pitched two perfect innings for the Huskies, tallying a pair of strikeouts. Redshirt-senior lefty Ted Hurvul (Monroe, Conn.) came on to pitch the eighth and worked around a pair of hits to put the finishing touches on the win.
Six different players recorded two hits for Connecticut, including Ferriter, Fuller and Mazzilli who all went 2-5 with a run scored. For the Panthers, junior third baseman Sam Parente went 3-4 with one run.
Senior left-hander Matt Iannazzo (4-2) lasted seven innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits and three walks, while striking out four.
The Huskies and Panthers take to the field again at 3:00 pm tomorrow afternoon. Redshirt-freshman RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) gets the nod to start in game two for Connecticut, while Pittsburgh will throw sophomore RHP-Ethan Mildren.