April 23, 2014
HAMDEN, Conn. - A four-run eighth inning propelled the UConn baseball team to a 5-3 win at Quinnipiac on Wednesday afternoon at QU Baseball Field. The win was the third of the week for the Huskies, who move to 21-19 on the year. Quinnipiac drops to 15-18 following the setback.
The Huskies got a career day from Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) on the hill in the victory, as the freshman allowed three runs, two earned, in a career-high 7.1 innings pitched, giving up only two hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He was opposed by Nick Fabrizio who was solid in seven innings, surrendering a run on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) led the UConn offense with a 2-for-5, two RBI performance, including a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth that gave the Huskies their first lead. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) also went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) drove in a run and stole a base in the win.
UConn fell behind in the second inning and trailed with two outs in the eighth, before using a four-run rally to take the lead for good.
The Bobcats struck first in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a three-base error and scoring on an RBI groundout to take a 1-0 lead. The Huskies drew even in the top of the fourth, with a two-out RBI single off the bat of Sundberg tying the contest.
Zapata (2-1) got into a groove in the middle innings, responding to the QU run by setting down 14 straight Bobcats. QU broke the streak with its first hit of the day in the bottom of the sixth, then pushed across another run with an RBI double to take a 2-1 lead.
The Huskies responded in the top of the eighth, taking the lead for the first time. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with two away for Daniello, who socked a base hit to right field that brought two runs in and put the Huskies on top. Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) sprinted home on a wild pitch during the next at bat, before Melley doubled to left center and put UConn up 5-2.
After retiring the first batter of the eighth, Zapata walked his first batter of the day and was relieved by Ryan Radue (Appleton, Wis.). The Bobcats put runners on second and third with one out in the inning, and scratched across a run with an RBI groundout before Radue got out of the frame.
David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) came on for UConn to face the heart of the Quinnipiac order in the bottom of the ninth, and retired the three Bobcats he faced in order for his fifth save of the year.
Up next, UConn gears up for a big conference series at nationally ranked Louisville this weekend. The Huskies and Cardinals will begin a three-game series in Kentucky on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday marked the third time this season Andrew Zapata has taken a no-hitter into at least the sixth inning, also accomplishing the feat on March 11 vs. Sacred Heart and April 1 at Boston College.
- Zapata tossed a career-high 7.1 innings and tied a career-high with five strikeouts.
- Bobby Melley hit his team-high 12th double of 2014.
- UConn picked up its third win of the year when trailing after seven innings.