May 8, 2012
BROOKLINE, Mass. – The University of Connecticut baseball team raced out to a 7-0 lead and held on for an 8-7 victory in non-conference action at Northeastern on Tuesday afternoon. The UConn Huskies improved to 27-21 overall, while the NU Huskies dropped to 18-26.
Trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, sophomore center fielder Connor Lyons led off with a double to left field and was sacrificed over to third, putting the tying run just 90 feet away from home plate. Following a hit by pitch, Northeastern had runners at the corners with only one out.
Connecticut redshirt-freshman righty Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) worked out of trouble with a groundball on the next play. Senior left fielder Matt Miller bounced a 1-1 pitch to the left side and Lyons broke for home. Senior third baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.) fielded the grounder and threw home to redshirt-senior catcher Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.), who applied the tag for out number two. Cross then hit his second batter of the inning to load the bases, but got out of another jam with a groundball back to the mound to end the game.
UConn scored seven runs in the first four innings and pushed across at least one run in each of the first four frames. Redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) led off the game with a base hit up the middle, stole second and scored on a single to right by senior first baseman Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.). Martin stole second and scored on a single to center off the bat of freshman Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.).
In the second inning, junior right fielder Ryan Moore (Bristol, Conn.) doubled down the right field line, setting up a two-run homer for Martin, his third of the season.
Freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) picked up an RBI in the third, driving in Fuller who led off the inning with a double to right center. The Huskies pushed their lead to 7-0 on one hit and two errors in the fourth.
Junior RHP Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) pitched 4.2 innings in a no decision and allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four. Redshirt-junior RHP Will Jolin (Guilford, Conn.) was credited with the win out of the bullpen, despite allowing three runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. Cross tossed two scoreless inning, striking out two for his first career save.
Sophomore righty Matt Cook (1-6) took the loss for Northeastern. He gave up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five.
Ferriter went 3-6 at the top of the UConn order, while Martin went 2-5 with two runs and three RBI. Miller powered the NU offense with a 4-5 day to go with two runs and two RBI, while Lyons went 3-4 with a run.
Connecticut returns to action on Friday at South Florida. First pitch is set for 7:00 pm and will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.