April 21, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball was hitless through the first six innings and nearly mounted a full comeback, but fell short, 4-3, against No. 28 USF at J.O. Christian Field on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies (23-16, 8-7 BIG EAST) were swept by the Bulls (26-14, 10-2) in the regular season for the second straight year.
UConn has dropped eight of nine against USF, with five of the losses coming in one-run games or extra innings.
Senior RHP Joey Lovecchio started the game with six innings of no-hit baseball for USF. He improved his record to 4-2 in 6.2 innings of work with three runs, two earned, given up on three hits and a walk to go with two strikeouts.
Trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, UConn got its first hit of the day, a single through the right side, off the bat of freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.). After a fielder’s choice that forced out Siena, sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) doubled to left center to put two in scoring position.
Freshman designated hitter Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) got the Huskies on the board with a sacrifice-fly to center. Connecticut cut further into the lead on a base hit to center by freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) and an error at third on a hard hit ball from sophomore pinch-hitter Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.).
In the bottom of the eight, redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) extended his career-best hit streak to 11 games with a lead-off double. Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) was hit by a pitch and the two were moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Siena.
Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) was intentionally walked to load the bases and USF relievers, senior RHP Adrian Puig and junior LHP Janick Serrallonga worked out of the inning with a strikeout and a grounder to third to leave the bases full.
Junior LHP Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) left the game in the fifth due to an injury off a ball hit back up the box. He dropped to 2-3 on the season in a 4.1-inning effort. Ward gave up five hits and three walks for four runs, three earned, while striking out three.
USF outhit UConn, 7-4, while senior left fielder Alex Mendez was the only player to record two hits on a 2-for-5 day.
The Huskies return to action at home on Tuesday, April 23 against Massachusetts at 3:00 pm.
- South Florida improved its win streak to 12 games.
- USF’s sweep of the Huskies is the second straight year the Bulls have done so.
- The Huskies fell to 4-6 at home on the year.
- UConn’s loss marks a three game losing streak, which ties their longest losing streak of the year.
- Billy Ferriter’s eighth inning double extended his season-long hit streak to 11 games.
- USF was the first ranked team to visit J.O. Christian Field since No. 19 Rutgers in 2010.
- Since 2006, UConn is 19-25-1 against ranked opponents.
- UConn trails the all-time series with USF, 17-25.