April 16, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team overcame an early 5-1 deficit and five errors to earn a 12-5 victory over Fairfield University at J.O. Christian Field, Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies moved to 10 games over .500 for the first time since 2011 as they improved to 23-13. The Stags dropped to 10-21 with the loss.
Fairfield and UConn traded runs in the first inning and the Stags erupted for a four-run inning in the third, capped by a two-run double to left center by freshman DH Jake Salpietro.
After getting one run back in the bottom of the third, the Huskies came all the way back and took the lead in the fourth.
With runners on first and second and one down, junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) doubled down the left field line to plate sophomore catcher Connor David (Cheshire, Conn.), who singled earlier in the inning. Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) was then intentionally walked to load the bases.
Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) came to the plate with the bags full and drilled the first pitch he saw down the left field line to clear the bases and give Connecticut the lead. Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) later tripled to score Mazzilli and go back out on the field with a 7-5 lead.
UConn added three runs in the fifth as freshman DH Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) singled, stole second, stole third and scored on an error by the Stag second baseman on a steal by freshman right fielder Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.). Verdi picked up his second RBI of the day on a base hit to score Sundberg and scored on a sacrifice-fly by freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.).
Freshman lefty Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) pitched five innings to move his record to 3-1. He allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks to go with a pair of strikeouts. The Husky bullpen combined for four shutout innings, six strikeouts, two walks and only one hit.
Sophomore right-hander Andrew Gallagher (0-2) went 3.1 innings in the loss for Fairfield. He was hit for six runs on five hits and four walks.
For Mazzilli it was his second three-hit and third three-RBI game of the year as he went 3-for-3 to go with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Siena went 1-for-2 with four RBI, including three sac-flies, for his the first four-RBI game of his career.
The Huskies return to action Friday night for a 6:30 pm first pitch against USF at New Britain Stadium. Tickets for the game are just $5.
- UConn scored double-digit runs for the fourth time this season.
- LJ Mazzilli is a perfect 18-for-18 in stolen base attempts.
- The top of the order (Verdi, Ferriter, Mazzilli) combined to go 7-for-11 with six runs and five RBI.
- Billy Ferriter is riding an eight-game hit streak, hitting .394 (13-for-33) over that stretch.
- Eric Yavarone had his second nine-game hit streak of the season snapped.
- UConn stole at least five bases for the eighth time this season.
- The Huskies turned three double plays for the second time this season.
- The five errors committed are a season-high.