April 20, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team dropped a 15-inning contest to USF, ranked No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball News, 7-4, at J.O. Christian Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies fell to 23-15 overall and 8-6 in the BIG EAST, while the Bulls won their 11th consecutive game to improve to 25-14 and 9-2.
Dating back to last season, UConn has lost seven of eight games to USF; five of which have come by one run or in extra innings.
The Bulls pushed across three runs in the top of the 15th inning on three hits and two Husky errors. Junior left fielder Anthony Diaz picked up the game-winning RBI on a single to left to plate freshman Luke Maglich, who entered in the inning as a pinch-hitter.
The loss was the first for Connecticut when leading after eight innings; making the Huskies 18-1 on the season. Junior lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) went a season-long 8.1 innings, but relinquished a two-run lead before being lifted for a reliever.
Junior center fielder James Ramsay doubled in a run and scored to tie the game on a base hit by senior first baseman Jimmy Falla.
Redshirt-sophomore righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) entered with one out, Falla on first and a tied ball game. The Bulls would go on top 4-3 on a single to left field by senior pinch-hitter Kyle Copack to bring in Falla.
In the bottom of the ninth, Connecticut forced extra innings with a one-out home run to left field by freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.), his second of the season.
UConn worked out of trouble in the top of the 12th after senior righty Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) walked the bases loaded with no outs in his second inning of work. Redshirt-senior righty Will Jolin (Guilford, Conn.) came on and recorded three consecutive outs to freeze the score at 4-4.
The Huskies put just one runner in scoring position in six extra frames.
Marzi allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and struck out 10 in the start. Junior lefty Nick Gonzalez lasted six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks for USF.
Senior Alex Mendez (1-0), who started the game at DH for the Bulls, got the win out of the bullpen in 1.1 innings of hitless ball. Jolin (0-1) wound up on the short-end of a 3.1-inning relief appearance. He surrendered three hits, two earned, on four hits and one walk.
Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.), senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) all recorded three hits on the day for UConn.
The Bulls outhit the Huskies, 17-15, led by Diaz, who went 3-for-7 with two RBI.
The series finale is set for a 12:00 pm first pitch on Sunday.
- Billy Ferriter extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which is the longest of his career.
- The Huskies entered the game with 84 thefts in 108 attempts, but were caught stealing five times today.
- UConn is now 2-2 in extra innings games this season.
- Max McDowell’s ninth-inning homerun snapped the 10-game homerless streak for the Huskies.
- Anthony Marzi now has 22 K’s in his last two outings. His 10 strikeouts in today’s contest marks the third time he has recorded double-digit K’s.
- UConn is now 18-1 when leading after eight innings
- The Bulls have now won 11 consecutive games, which is the longest streak since 1996 when they won 14 straight.