April 13, 2013
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Junior lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) struck out a career-high and pitched the University of Connecticut baseball team to a 4-1 win at Villanova on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 21-13 overall and 7-4 in the BIG EAST, while the Wildcats fell to 9-24 and 1-7.
Marzi (3-4) pitched seven innings and scattered seven hits and one walk for one run. Late in the game, he worked himself into and out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings. With runners on the corners and only one out, Marzi registered back-to-back strikeouts, including one looking on a three-two count to end the threat.
Down 1-0 after the first, UConn came back to take a 2-1 lead in the second by capitalizing on an error. Sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) singled up the middle and later scored on a passed ball. Freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) picked up an RBI single to drive in freshman DH Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.).
The Huskies doubled their offensive output in the eighth inning with RBI singles by senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) and freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.). Junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) led off with a single through the right side and was sacrificed in to scoring position for Mazzilli. After Mazzilli singled to right, freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) singled to put runners on the corners for Melley.
VU attempted a ninth-inning comeback, but for the second straight game fell short. Redshirt-sophomore righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) recorded his fourth save of the season after inducing a 4-6-3 double play and left two runners on base with a strike out to end the game.
Senior RHP Stephen Ostapeck (0-5) took the loss for Villanova. He went 7.1 innings and was tagged for three runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine.
Senior center fielder Paul Rambaud powered the Wildcats offense with a 3-for-5 day with a double and a run.
Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) doubled twice and went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
UConn and Villanova play the final game of the series tomorrow at 12:15 pm. Junior LHP Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) gets the start for the Huskies.
- Billy Ferriter is hitting .385 (10-for-26) in his last seven games.
- Anthony Marzi struck out a career-high 12 and became the second Husky to reach double figures this season.
- UConn has used 21 starting lineups with at least four freshmen.
- The Huskies are 9-1 when playing on Saturdays this season.
- UConn leads the all-time series with Villanova, 35-24.