April 11, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The UConn baseball team rang out 11 hits but struggled with runners in scoring position in a 3-1 loss at Cincinnati on Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. The Huskies drop to 15-17 and 2-4 in The American with loss, while the Bearcats move to 14-18 and 3-7 in league play.
Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) took the ball for UConn and tied his season-high with 7.2 innings pitched, surrendering three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The strong outing allowed Marzi to take sole possession of second in the UConn annals with 262.1 career innings pitched. Connor Walsh got the start for Cincinnati and went the distance, scattering 11 hits and allowing one run with two walks and four strikeouts.
Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) and Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) led the Connecticut offense with three hits and a double apiece, with Melley driving in Daniello for UConn’s lone run. Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) also had a solid day at the dish, going 2-for-5 in the setback.
Cincinnati scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third, cashing in a leadoff double with an RBI groundout to go up 1-0. The Bearcats tacked on another run in their next time up, when Justin Glass took Marzi deep to put UC up by a pair.
The middle of the UConn order finally got the Huskies on the board in the top of the seventh, with two-out singles from Daniello and Davey preceding a ground-rule double off Melley’s bat that cut the Cincinnati lead to 2-1.
The Bearcats got the run right back in the bottom of the frame with another solo home run. A two-out walk in the eighth chased Marzi, before an error and a walk loaded the bases for the Bearcats. Patrick Ruotolo (Peabody, Mass.) entered and picked up a big strikeout to strand three UC runners and keep it a two-run game.
Walsh remained in for the ninth for the Bearcats, and worked around a two-out double from Daniello to close his complete game and give Cincinnati a series-opening victory.
UConn and Cincinnati continue their weekend series tomorrow afternoon with a 4 p.m. first pitch. Freshman Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) will take the ball for the Huskies.
- Anthony Marzi moved past Matt Barnes (09-11) and Patrick Sperone (99-02) to jump into second in program history with 262.1 career innings. He has gone at least seven innings in five of his nine starts this season.
- Marzi also moved into a tie with Charles Nagy (87-88) for seventh all-time with 194 career strikeouts.
- Melley and Bryan Daniello both doubled to stay tied for the team lead, now with nine two-baggers each.