April 27, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Connecticut baseball team lost to No. 28 Notre Dame, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies fell to 25-18 overall and 8-9 in BIG EAST action, having lost five straight league games, while the Fighting Irish improved to 25-16 and 6-8.
UConn took a 3-2 lead into the eighth, but couldn’t hold on for the win. After a single and a sac-bunt, ND had the potential game-tying run in scoring position. An error put runners on the corners and junior first baseman Trey Mancini delivered a single to right that tied that game. With runners on the corners and two outs, Connor Biggio pinch hit and reached on another Husky error; allowing an unearned run to cross the plate and give Notre Dame the lead.
Junior lefty Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) went 7.1 innings in a no-decision for Connecticut. He scattered four hits and one walk to yield three runs, while striking out three. Redshirt-sophomore lefty David Mahoney (Colchester, Conn.) dropped to 0-2 on the year as the only batter he faced reached on an error and scored.
Adam Norton (9-1) lasted eight innings in the win for ND and allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk. Dan Slania nailed down his team-leading 10th save in a perfect ninth inning.
The Huskies gained an early lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run single by freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.). Melley went 2-for-4, while redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning.
Connecticut and Notre Dame wrap up the weekend series tomorrow at 1:05 pm.