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Huskies Dominate Mid-Innings of 9-2 Win

Eric Yavarone had two hits and scored two runs.

April 6, 2013

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STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team leveled its BIG EAST record at 4-4 with a 9-2 win over St. John’s at J.O. Christian Field, Saturday afternoon.  The Huskies now stand at 17-12 overall, while the Red Storm dropped to 13-17 and 3-5.

UConn bounced back from a 3-0 loss to STJ on Friday as junior lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) improved to 2-4 on the season in a six-inning effort.  He outpitched St. John’s lefty senior Sean Hagan, a BIG EAST Preseason selection, as he scattered three hits and allowed two runs, one earned, despite walking five.  Marzi also struck out four.

Hagan (1-5) went seven innings and was tagged for eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits and one walk, while striking out three.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Connecticut offense came alive and dominated the middle innings.  With two outs, redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.), aboard on a fielder’s choice, stole second, followed by a walk to senior DH LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.).  Ferriter came in to score on a line drive base hit to center off the bat of freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) to tie the game.

Later in the third, with the bases loaded, sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) lifted a high fly ball to right field that landed at the base of the fence and scored all three runners.  Testani slid in to third with his first career triple; giving the Huskies a 4-1 lead.

Yavarone stretched a single into a double in the fourth, followed by a single by junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) and scored on an infield single to second by Ferriter.

The UConn offense continued to attack as it poured in three more runs in the fifth.  Freshman second baseman Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) doubled to score Siena and freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Hutnington, Pa.) knocked in two runs with a base hit to left.

In relief, senior RHP Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) threw two hitless innings with two strikeouts and fellow senior RHP Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) finished the game with a clean sheet in the ninth.

For the game, Yavarone and Siena both went 2-for-3 with two runs scored as Connecticut outhit St. John’s, 9-4.  The Red Storm made four errors in the ball game to the Huskies’ one.

Ferriter stole two bases in the contest, making it his fourth game with two or more this season.

The series finale between UConn and St. John’s gets underway at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Game Notes:
- LJ Mazzilli and Billy Ferriter stand tied at third all-time at UConn in hits with 240 a piece.
- Connecticut improved its record all-time against St. John’s to 55-57 following today’s victory.
- This afternoon’s victory brings Connecticut to 4-4 on the season against Big East opponents.
- Sophomore Jon Testani’s third-inning triple was the first of his career and scored three runs.
- 16 lineups have featured at least four freshmen this season.
- Connecticut is now 12-1 when they steal three bases or more on the season.
- Anthony Marzi picked up his second win of the year; his first came on March 1 against Ohio State.