April 9, 2012
HAMDEN, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team took down Quinnipiac, 12-7, in non-conference action. The Huskies, winners of 13 out of 15, improved to 19-13 overall, while the Bobcats dropped to 3-25.
Junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman third baseman Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) each hit a homerun for UConn. For Mazzilli, who was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll earlier in the day, it was his team-leading eighth of the season. Testani, who hit a two-run short for his third of the season, hit his second in three games.
Despite committing four errors on the afternoon, Connecticut was able to spin three double plays and force Quinnipiac to strand 12 runners.
Freshman left-hander Jared Dettmann (Somerset, Wis.) started for the Huskies and went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Redshirt-senior lefty Ted Hurvul (Monroe, Conn.) pitched 1.1 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win. He gave up one run on three hits and recorded one strikeout.
The UConn bats warmed up quickly on a windy day at the head of Sleeping Giant State Park. Redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) smacked a triple to right field to start the game and scored immediately after on a double to right center by senior DH Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.).
Quinnipiac tied the game in the bottom half of the first, but the Huskies regained the lead on a two-out triple by freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.), scoring freshman catcher Alex DeBellis (Kinnelon, N.J.).
Both Mazzilli and Testani homered in the third inning to lift the Connecticut lead to 5-1. The Bobcats cut the lead in half in the fifth on a pair of ground-rule doubles. The Huskies broke the game open in the sixth, scoring 6 runs, including a bases-loaded double by sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.)
Sophomore RHP Ryan Walsh took the loss for the Bobcats, lasting five innings and giving up eight runs on 10 hits. Senior DH Kyle Nisson went 3-5 with two RBI and a run scored out of the clean-up spot, while freshman shortstop Scott Donaghue was 3-4 with two runs and two RBI.
The Huskies take the field for another non-conference tilt on Wednesday as they visit Brown at 3:00 pm.