April 6, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Redshirt-freshman right-hander Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) picked up the win in a rare weekend start, leading the University of Connecticut baseball team to a 3-1 win at Pittsburgh, Friday afternoon. Tabakman (3-0) was tagged for just one unearned run on five hits, while reigning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week Ethan Mildren (3-2) went the distance in the loss for the Panthers.
The Huskies improved to 17-13 overall and 7-1 in league play, while Pitt fell to 14-14 and 2-6. Mildren, a sophomore righty, was charged with three earned runs on nine hits, while striking out six.
Through five and a half innings, neither team was able to push across a run. In the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers registered back-to-back hits to put runners on second and third with two outs. The run came across on an error by UConn third baseman Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) as freshman left fielder Boo Vazquez scored the game’s first run.
Junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) led-off with a double to right center for the Huskies in the seventh. Senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.) singled to left, putting two runners in scoring position. Freshman Alex DeBellis (Kinnelon, N.J.) came on as a pinch-hitter and tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Connecticut took the lead when senior DH Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) lined a double into left field, scoring Fuller from second with the go-ahead run.
Junior right-hander Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) pitched the eighth inning and Testani added some insurance in the ninth with a homerun to right field, his second of the season. Redshirt-junior righty Scott Oberg (Tewksbury, Mass.) took the ball for the ninth inning and shut the door for his sixth save of the season.
Martin and freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) each led the Huskies with two hits as the team totaled nine, while the pitching staff held the Panthers to five.
Game three of the series takes place at 1:00 pm tomorrow afternoon. Sophomore lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) is scheduled to take the hill for Connecticut.