April 14, 2013
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Villanova, 9-4, on the road on Sunday afternoon to register a three-game BIG EAST sweep for the weekend. The Huskies are now 22-13 overall and 8-4 in league play, while the Wildcats dropped to 9-25 and 1-8.
The UConn offense totaled 15 hits for the first time since March 16 against Presbyterian as six starters recorded multi-hit games.
Freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) led the way with three hits in five at-bats to go with two RBI.
The Huskies fell behind 2-0 early; giving up a run in the second and one in the third. They cut the lead in half in the fourth on a single up the middle by McDowell to plate sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.). Yavarone and freshman shortstop Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) both singled with two outs to keep the inning alive.
Connecticut brought the game even at two in the fifth when redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) reached on a three-base error and score on a wild pitch.
In the sixth, UConn took its first lead of the game as it poured in three runs to claim a 5-2 advantage. Daniello walked and McDowell singled to set the table. With two outs, Ferriter singled through the right side to pick up two RBI. He scored on the next play as senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) smacked his seventh double of the year down the right field line.
Junior lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) was lifted with one runner on and nobody out in the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five to even his record at 2-2.
Villanova got two runs back on the Husky bullpen when junior right fielder Connor Jones hit two-run a home run to right field; cutting the lead to one.
Connecticut added four insurance runs in the ninth inning to give redshirt-senior RHP Will Jolin (Guilford, Conn.) some room to work with on the mound. After three one-out singles, one run came in on a wild pitch and Daniello drove in two more with a single to right. Daniello later scored on a base hit to right center by McDowell.
Jolin recorded the save in three innings of relief, striking out four and giving up just one hit.
On the mound for VU, sophomore lefty Josh Harris (3-5) tossed 5.2 innings and was credited with four runs allowed, three earned, on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four.
Freshmen Eric Lowe and Max Beerman each went 2-for-4 for the Wildcats.
The Huskies return to action with a mid-week home game against Fairfield at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16.
- The series was UConn’s first BIG EAST sweep since taking three games at Pittsburgh (Apr. 5-7, 2012).
- The Huskies totaled 15 hits in a game for the first time since May 16 at Presbyterian.
- UConn has won 16 of 18 against Villanova and leads the all-time series, 36-24.
- 21 of UConn’s 35 lineups have featured at least four freshmen starters.
- Against left-handed starters, UConn is 12-4.
- Max McDowell recorded the first three-hit game of his career.
- Eric Yavarone is hitting .426 (20-for-47) over the last 13 games.
- Brian Ward is now tied for the team-lead in career wins among active players with Pat Butler at 11.