April 14, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - The University of Connecticut baseball team lost its third straight game for the first time since falling in all three games at the Coastal Classic in March, following an 8-2 loss at St. John's on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies fell to 19-16 overall and 8-3 in the BIG EAST, falling into a tie in second place with the Red Storm, which improved to 21-14 overall.
Junior lefty Sean Hagan (4-2) pitched a complete game for the Johnnies. He allowed just two runs on seven hits and walked none in his first nine-inning outing of the season.
St. John's scored all eight of its runs in a four-inning stretch in which the Red Storm scored at least one run in each between the third and sixth.
Trailing 1-0 after three, senior DH Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) led off the top of the fourth for Connecticut with a tailing double to the wall in center field. It was the only extra-base hit of the series for either side through the first two games. Junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) then laced a single through the right side to put runners on the corners.
Freshman third baseman Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.), who struggled in the field with two errors, tied the game with a line drive base hit to left, scoring Martin and sending Mazzilli first to third. After sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, freshman catcher Alex DeBellis put the Huskies in front with a single to center, scoring Mazzilli.
The Red Storm came right back in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Two runs scored on a soft single to right and the third scored on a high bouncing groundball that was out of the reach of Mazzilli at second.
In the fifth inning, sophomore lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.), who has started seven games this season, made his first appearance out of the bullpen for UConn since March 29, 2011 at Hartford. Redshirt-freshman right-hander Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) suffered his first loss of the season as he is now 3-1. He went four-plus inning and gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks. Ward was tagged for three runs, one earned, in two innings.
The Huskies have generated just four runs and 13 hits on offense this weekend. Martin and DeBellis each went 2-4 in Saturday's loss. For St. John's, junior right fielder Pat Talbut went 3-5 and junior left fielder Jeremy Baltz went 2-4.
Game three of the series is set for 12:00 pm Sunday at Jack Kaiser Stadium. Sophomore lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) toes the rubber against 6'8 junior righty Kyle Hansen.
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