April 30, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team totaled 14 hits in a 10-6 win over intrastate rival Sacred Heart at J.O. Christian Field, Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 26-19 overall, while the Pioneers dipped to 20-21.
UConn held a 6-2 lead after the sixth inning, but a four-run rally for SHU in the top of the seventh knotted the game up. For the third time in the game, the Pioneers scratched across a run on a groundout, to cut the lead to three. Sacred Heart edged closer on a RBI double to right center by senior shortstop John Murphy and tied the game on a bases loaded single by freshman third baseman Jesus Medina.
The Huskies answered right back in the bottom of the seventh with four runs of their own to go back on top. Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) led off with a bunt single that hugged the line and went all the way to touch the third base bag. After a sac-bunt put him in scoring position, sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) sent a double to the track in left to plate Ferriter with the go-ahead run.
Yavarone later moved to third on a fly ball out to center and scored on a wild pitch. The inning continued on an error by the SHU second baseman and junior designated hitter Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) placed a single into shallow right field to drive in two more runs.
Redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) entered in the seventh inning as the fourth pitcher of the inning for Connecticut. He finished the last 2.1 innings; allowing one hit and striking out two to improve to 5-0 on the year.
Freshman LHP Christian Colletti (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) started and went 6.1 innings. He scattered seven hits and allowed four runs, while striking out three.
Sophomore RHP Nick Morrissey lasted only 1.2 innings in the start for the Pioneers; giving up two runs on four hits. Freshman RHP Connor Landers (0-3) took the loss in 2.1 innings out of the pen. He was hit for four runs on six hits and a walk.
UConn was able to grab an early 2-0 lead in the second inning on sacrifice-flies by freshman shortstop Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) and freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.). Both came with the bases loaded.
After SHU got on the board in the top of the first, the Huskies plated two more on a home run by freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.), that cleared the trees in left for his third of the season. Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) scored in front of McDowell after going opposite field with a double down the left field line.
Connecticut’s lead was pushed to 6-2 in the sixth inning on a two-run single up the middle by Siena with the bases loaded as he drove in three on the day.
The Huskies return to action tomorrow for a 3:00 pm non-conference tilt against Holy Cross at home.
- UConn is 8-3 against New England opponents this season.
- The Huskies are 14-3 against Sacred Heart all-time.
- SHU head coach Nick Giaquinto played football at UConn and still holds the program record for rushing yards in a game.
- LJ Mazzilli and Billy Ferriter remained tied for second all-time in career hits at UConn with 267.
- Ferriter is hitting .409 (27-for-66) over the last 15 games with 11 multi-hit games and seven doubles over that stretch.
- Ferriter hit in the clean-up spot for the first time in his 224-game career.
- UConn has started at least four freshmen in 30 games this season.
- Dan Feehan appeared in his 87th career game, tying him for most all-time in a Connecticut uniform with David Erickson (2005-2009).
- Ryan Moore, who started 32 games in right field in 2012, made his first appearance in the field this season in left field for the ninth inning.