April 26, 2011
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - LJ Mazzilli went 4-for-6 with three RBI to lead the No. 23 UConn baseball team over Bryant 11-6 in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon.
After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning to the Bulldogs (20-19), UConn cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth then went ahead 3-2 in the fifth. Tim Martin connected for his third home run of the season to lead off the fifth to tie the ballgame before Mazzilli doubled to center to score Tom Verdi to give the Huskies their first lead of the contest.
UConn's (28-12-1) first run of the afternoon came on a Bryant error as Mazzilli scored and John Andreoli reached base on the play. Mazzilli led off the fourth frame with a double as he finished with two in the contest.
Bryant answered in the sixth with a three-run inning to take control of the lead once again, pulling ahead 5-3 on four hits in the frame.
The Huskies put together back-to-back three-run innings in the seventh and eighth to take the lead as they were led by RBI singles from George Springer and Mike Nemeth. Springer finished the game with two hits as he extended his hit streak to a BIG EAST-best mark of 20 straight games.
A Springer double in the eighth scored another Husky but not before Mazzilli recorded his first home run of the season with a two-run shot over the center field wall.
The Huskies secured the victory with two more runs in the ninth as a Billy Ferriter single plated two more Huskies to extend UConn's lead to 11-6.
Bob Van Woert went 5.2 innings in his fifth start of the season. The redshirt senior gave up five runs, nine hits and two walks against 28 batters faced. Anthony Marzi faced one batter in the sixth for the Huskies as he forced a ground out to get out of the inning.
Dan Feehan allowed one unearned run and two hits in two solid innings of work for the Huskies out of the bullpen before Kevin Vance closed out the game in the ninth in his 16th appearance of the season. Vance struck out two batters in the frame to improve his season tally to 17. Feehan earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the year.
Ferriter finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Mike Friel added a 2-for-2 performance with one run scored.
Bryant's Mark Andrews took the loss to fall to 4-3 on the year.
UConn will continue on its five-game road trip as the Huskies travel to New Britain, Conn. to take on Central Connecticut State University in an in-state showdown. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Balf Savin Baseball Field.