April 10, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Connecticut baseball team avenged a walk-off loss from a year ago with an 11-6 win at Brown on Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies lifted their record to 19-13, while the Bears fell to 3-20.
Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) went 2-for-6 to reach 244 career hits and pass former teammate George Springer for second all-time.
The UConn offense supplied double digit runs for the third time this season behind 11 hits. Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two doubles. Sophomore catcher Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.) drove in two runs and went 3-for-5 at the dish.
Sophomore RHP Michael Healey (Tunkhanock, Pa.) made his first appearance since facing Notre Dame in the final regular season series of 2012. In his first career start, he went three innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits. Senior RHP Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) picked up his third win out of the bullpen to improve to 3-0 after two innings pitched and one run allowed.
Connecticut raced out to a four-run lead in the top of the first inning. Ferriter drove in junior designated hitter Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.), Melley picked up a two-run double and sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone grounded out, but was able to score Melley from third.
The Huskies big inning came when they pouted in six runs on four hits in the fifth. Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.)
got the scoring started with a sacrifice-fly to plate Verdi, followed by a second RBI double from Melley. With the bases loaded, David came through with a base hit through the right side to score a pair. Freshman right fielder Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.)
then came to the plate and drilled a double to left center to score two more.
Chris Smith (0-1) started and took the loss in 1.1 innings of work for Brown. He allowed four runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk. At the plate, DH Dan Massey hit his third home run of the season and left fielder Jake Levine went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
The Huskies return to action with a road BIG EAST series at Villanova beginning at 3:15 pm on Friday, April 12.