April 7, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team fell behind early for the second straight game, but came back for a 5-3 win over St. John’s in the weekend finale at J.O. Christian Field, Sunday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 18-12 and 5-4 in the BIG EAST as the Red Storm dropped to 13-18 and 3-6.
Junior LHP Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) went just 4.2 innings, his shortest outing of the year, in the start. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) came on in to relief to pick up the win and lift his record to a perfect 4-0 on the season. He surrendered one run on three hits and struck out three.
The Johnnies went up 1-0 in the second innings on a home run to left by sophomore right fielder Zach Lauricella. UConn answered in the bottom half on a perfectly placed double to center by freshman second baseman Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) to score freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.), who led off with a single through the left side.
St. John’s took the lead back in the fourth on a double to deep left center by senior catcher Danny Bethea; driving in Lauricella. Once again, the Huskies came back in the bottom half; scoring two runs without a hit in the frame. Siena and freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) walked to lead off the inning. Siena came in on a RBI groundout to first by Daniello and Melley darted home on a wild pitch.
Sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) gave Connecticut some insurance in the seventh inning with a triple to left center to plate Daniello. Yavarone later slid in to home safe under the tag off a groundball hit by junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.).
Freshman lefty Ryan Horstman (4-4) took the loss for STJ as he was pulled due to an injury with no outs in the third inning. He gave up two hits and walked three; yielding three runs, two earned.
The game was the 113th all-time and the final contest as BIG EAST rivals.
The Huskies return to action on Tuesday at home against Northeastern at 3:00 pm.
- With one hit in the contest, Billy Ferriter now has 241 for his career, which places him 3rd all-time in UConn history.
- Vinny Siena registered his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season.
- The Huskies improved to 56-57 all-time against the Red Storm.
- When leading after seven innings, Connecticut holds a 14-0 record this season.
- Jordan Tabakman improved his career record to 7-1. His seven victories tie him with Anthony Marzi for fourth most on the Husky squad.
- Connecticut earned its fifth victory this season when being outhit by its opponent (5-10).
- In 17 of their 30 games this season, the Huskies have featured at least four freshmen in the lineup.
- Connecticut has won five of the last six games against the Red Storm at J.O. Christian Field.
- Jim Penders won his 337th career game as a Head Coach (337-222-4), while Ed Blankmeyer dropped his 337th career game as a head coach (601-337-3).