April 17, 2012
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Nine runs between the sixth and eighth inning provided the University of Connecticut baseball team with a 13-8 come-from-behind win at Fairfield, erasing a four-run deficit, Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 21-16 overall with the win, while the Stags dropped to 14-20.
UConn trailed by five, 7-2, at the end of the third and later cut the lead to three with a run in both the top of the fourth and fifth, but Fairfield pushed the lead back to four with a win in the bottom of the fifth.
Junior right fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.) got the scoring started for the Huskies in the top of the sixth with a single to right, which scored sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.), who led off with a single, from second. Redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) drove in a run with a double to right center and as senior DH Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) knocked one in on a fielder’s choice, Ferriter scored the game-tying run on a throwing error by the Stag shortstop.
Verdi led off the seventh as well and belted his third homerun of the season, over the fence in left, to give Connecticut its first lead of the day. The Huskies added four more runs in the eighth on four hits, including a two-run shot by senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.), his first of the season.
Redshirt-freshman lefty David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.), making just his third appearance of the season, earned the win in 3.1 innings of relief to improve to 1-0. Mahoney allowed just one hit and struck out one batter. Junior RHP Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) lasted just 2.1 innings in the start, giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits.
Junior right Mark Bordonaro (2-4) took the loss in two innings out of the Fairfield bullpen. He allowed five runs on four hits and a walk. Freshman left-hander Jeremy Soule went 3.2 innings in the start, giving up three runs on seven hits.
Ferriter went 4-6 in the lead-off spot for the second straight game with three RBI. Fuller connected for three hits in four at-bats and three RBI out of the clean-up spot. Verdi scored four times, while going 4-5 at the dish and Paul went 3-5 with two runs and two RBI in his second straight start.
Sophomore center fielder Ryan Plourde batted 3-5 for the Stags, while senior DH Tyler Wosleger and junior first baseman Anthony Hajiar each went 2-5 with two runs scored.
The Huskies return home this weekend for a three-game series against BIG EAST foe Rutgers. Game on is set for 3:00 pm at J.O. Christian Field on Friday April 20.