April 28, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Connecticut baseball team fell to Louisville, 14-6, in BIG EAST action on Saturday afternoon. It was the fourth straight loss for the Huskies, dropping them to 23-20 overall and 11-6 in the conference, while the No. 23 Cardinals improved to 31-12 and 12-5.
UConn trailed 3-0 after the third and came back with a five-run fourth to claim its first lead of the weekend. Senior first baseman Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) and junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) led off the innings with back-to-back singles. With the bases loaded, junior right fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.) delivered for the Huskies with a two-run single to cut the deficit to one. Connecticut tied the game on a bases loaded fielder’s choice for freshman DH Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.) and sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) scored the go-ahead run on the same play on an error on the Louisville infield.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Cardinals regained the lead for good behind five runs on just one hit and one error, chasing UConn sophomore lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.). Ward (3-3) lasted just 3.2 innings in the start, allowing six runs, three earned, on three hits and five walks. All five runs of the fourth were scored with two outs.
Sophomore LHP Dace Kime (1-0) earned the win in four innings of shutout baseball out of the bullpen for Louisville. Making the start, sophomore RHP Jeff Thompson went four innings, scattered five hits and gave up five runs, two of which were earned.
Mazzilli went 3-5 for Connecticut, while Paul went 2-3 with a pair of runs driven in. For Louisville, sophomore third baseman Ty Young collected three hits in five at-bats, hit his sixth home run of the season and knocked in four runs, while senior first baseman Stewart Ijames was also 3-5 with a run and a RBI.
The series wraps up tomorrow at 1:00 pm when sophomore LHP Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) takes the mound for the Huskies against freshman RHP Jared Ruxer.