May 5, 2012
NORWICH, Conn. - Junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) drilled a 2-2 pitch over the head of the Cincinnati center fielder to score two runs on a walk-off double for game one of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader at Dodd Stadium. The Huskies took the opener, 4-3, and later fell in the nightcap, 1-0.
Connecticut stands at 25-21 overall and 13-7 in the BIG EAST, while the Bearcats are now 14-34 and 3-17.
UConn scored in the first inning of game one, which started with an infield single by redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.). Ferriter twice advanced on outs and later scored on a line drive base hit to center by senior third baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.).
Sophomore left fielder Justin Glass recorded the first hit of the day for Cincinnati with a double to right center in the top of the fourth, giving the Bearcats second and third with nobody out. Cincinnati tied the game on a sacrifice fly by senior DH Cory Hough.
In the top of the sixth, the Bearcats took a 2-1 lead as senior catcher Jake Saylor lined the first pitch of the inning off the two-tiered wall in left field for a solo home run. Cincinnati added to its lead with an RBI single by junior shortstop D.J. Jackson, but the threat ended abruptly when senior second baseman Sam Vandenheuvel was thrown out rounding second base, 7-5-4.
The Huskies cut the lead to one in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by senior first baseman Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) to score Ferriter. Freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) led off the inning with a single through the left side, but was erased when Ferriter hit into a fielder's choice. Ferriter stole second and moved up to third on a throwing error by Saylor.
Yavarone reached first on a hit by pitch to get things started and the ninth and Ferriter followed with a base on balls. Mazzilli stepped to the plate with one out and smashed his 16th
double of the season into center field to cap off the comeback.
Senior RHP David Fischer (Scotia, N.Y.) went 5.2 innings in the start for UConn and struck out seven, but walked six en route to allowing three runs on just two hits. Junior RHP Zach Isler pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on nine hits, while striking out four.
The win went to sophomore RHP Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.), who pitched a career-long 3.1 innings. Cross (2-1) allowed just one hit and struck out four. Redshirt-sophomore Christian McElroy (2-5) took the loss for Cincinnati in 0.2 innings of work.
In game two, sophomore left-hander Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) set the tone early as he struck out the side on the minimum nine pitches in the top of the first inning. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning on the way to a one-hitter and his second complete game of the season. Marzi (2-6) has been on the losing end of both complete games this season, previously falling 4-0 at No. 17 Oregon on March 11.
Marzi struck out a career-high 10 batters, walked just two and gave up one run in a 1-0 loss. Freshman left-hander Zach Morris (3-3) went the distance for the Bearcats in the shutout. He scattered five hits and struck out seven.
The lone run of the game came in the fourth inning. Freshman third baseman Joey Bielek doubled to right center and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Glass then reached on a hit by pitch to place runners at the corners and just one out. Later in the inning, with two outs, Glass stole second and the throw from redshirt-senior catcher Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.) skipped into center field allowing Bielek to score from third.
For the afternoon, Connecticut outhit Cincinnati 15-4. Mazzilli led the way with a 4-9 day, including three doubles.
The two teams will meet for the series finale tomorrow at 12:00 pm at J.O. Christian Field.