May 4, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The University of Connecticut baseball team suffered a 9-4 loss to Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies fell to 28-20 and 9-11 in BIG EAST action, while the Scarlet Knights improved to 21-25 and 9-8.
The UConn pitching staff totaled 10 walks, including all three runs scored by Rutgers in the first inning.
The Huskies cut the lead to one in the top of the fourth on a two-run single up the middle by senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.).
RU added three more runs in the fifth inning beginning with a single to right by senior catcher Jeff Melillo. The Scarlet Knights got two more on a sac-fly to left by senior right-handed pitcher Charlie Law and a base hit to center by junior center fielder Brian O’Grady.
Connecticut trimmed the lead back down to two runs in the sixth. Mazzilli singled to left and went to third on an infield single by redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.). Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) drove in Mazzilli with a double off the fence in right for the first run of the innings. After freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, senior right fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.) walked to bring home Ferriter.
With the bases still loaded and only one out, the Huskies failed to cash in on the Rutgers bullpen as Law was pulled after 5.1 innings pitched. Law (4-5) scattered seven hits and one walk for four runs, three earned, while striking out five. Senior RHP Nathaniel Roe pitched 3.2 innings of relief and allowed just one hit and one walk.
Junior LHP Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) dropped to 3-5 on the season in four-plus innings of work. He surrendered four runs on three hits and five walks, while striking out three.
The series finale gets underway Sunday at 1:00 pm as the Huskies start redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.).