April 25, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UConn baseball team dropped a series opener at No. 12 Louisville, falling 2-0 on Friday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Huskies drop to 21-20 on the year and 5-7 in The American, while Louisville moves to 31-11 and 9-4 in league play.
Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) got the start for UConn and was strong, going six-plus innings and allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. He was out-dueled by Louisville’s Kyle Funkhouser, who went seven shutout innings with five hits, five walks and seven strikeouts.
UConn’s offense was mostly stifled by Louisville’s pitchers, mustering only six hits on the night, including a single extra base hit. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) went 1-for-2 and reached base three times in the setback, while Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a double.
The Huskies nearly took an early lead in the top of the third, when Blake Davey (Newport, Beach, Calif.) was called out at home trying to score from second on a single off the bat of Max McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.). The Cardinals loaded the bases in their half of the third, but Marzi ended the threat with a pop-up.
The Cardinals finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Grant Kay hit a home run to left field to make it a 1-0 game.
UofL tacked on another run in the seventh, using three straight hits to lead off the inning to go up 2-0 and chase Marzi. Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) entered for UConn and induced a double play ball and a fly out to end the inning.
Testani cracked a double to the right-center field gap with one away in the top of the eighth, but a strikeout and a groundout for Louisville ended the inning. The Cardinals loaded the bases against Over in the bottom of the frame, but Over got a pair of grounders to end the threat, including a 1-2-3 double play.
The Huskies couldn’t generate any offense in the ninth against Louisville closer Nick Burdi, who fanned a pair to pick up his 10th save of the season.
UConn and Louisville will continue their weekend series tomorrow afternoon with a 1 p.m. contest. Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) is set to start on the mound for the Huskies.
- Jon Testani’s eighth-inning double was his first extra base hit of the year in his fifth start of 2014.
- Devin Over tossed two scoreless innings to improve his ERA to 2.20 in 16.1 innings pitched in 2014.
- UConn’s bullpen now has an overall ERA of 2.01 in 139 innings.
- Blake Davey has reached base safely in 19 straight games, the longest such streak for a UConn player in 2014.