May 3, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The University of Connecticut baseball team came from behind to win for the first time all season when trailing after seven innings with a 3-1 victory at Rutgers, Friday afternoon. The win, which snapped a six-game conference losing streak, propelled the Huskies to 28-19 overall and 9-10 in the BIG EAST, while the Scarlet Knights dropped to 20-25 and 8-8.
Trailing 1-0 after seven, UConn put together a two-out rally in the top of the eighth. Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) got it started with a single to left field. The Huskies put runners on the corners after freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) reached on an error.
Freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) singled in Ferriter to tie the game on a base knock to left center on a 1-2 pitch. Freshman Jack Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn.) entered as a pinch-runner for Melley and scored the go-ahead run on a double to left center by senior right fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.).
Connecticut added a third run in the inning on a double steal. Rutgers threw down to second to try and get Paul off the bag and McDowell was able to dart home for his fifth steal of the season.
Redshirt-sophomore righty Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) lifted his record to 7-3 with a 7.2-inning effort. He scattered eight hits and allowed one run in the fourth inning on a RBI single by RU senior catcher Jeff Melillo. Cross struck out four batters, while walking two.
Senior right-hander Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) was called on for his record breaking 88th career appearance in a UConn uniform to get the last out of the eighth and the first of the ninth. Fellow senior righty Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) got the last two outs of the game for his second save of the season, leaving two runners on base.
For the game, Connecticut outhit Rutgers, 11-9. Four Huskies recorded multi-hit games, including senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.), who went 2-for-4.
UConn and RU take the field at 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon.
- UConn snapped a six-game BIG EAST losing streak, its longest since 2004.
- The Huskies came back from a seventh-inning deficit for the first time in 15 chances this season.
- LJ Mazzilli is batting .469 (30-for-64) over the last 15 games.
- Dan Feehan passed David Erickson (2005-09) for most appearances all-time at 88.
- UConn trails the all-time series with Rutgers, 32-28.
- The Huskies are 16-11 on the road this season.
- UConn is 10-4 in Carson Cross’ 14 career starts.
- The two stolen bases in the game gave UConn 101 for the season, marking the fifth time in program history in triple figures.