UConn Drops Game One Of Doubleheader With Houston, Game Two Halted

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Tom Verdi had two hits and scored a run in the first game of the doubleheader
    Tom Verdi had two hits and scored a run in the first game of the doubleheader

    May 10, 2014

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    STORRS, Conn. –     Despite a solid outing from senior ace Anthony Marzi, the UConn baseball team dropped game one of a doubleheader against Houston on Saturday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field, 3-1. The Huskies are currently trailing 4-2 in game two of the doubleheader, which was halted in the sixth inning due to darkness. Game two will resume tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. and be immediately followed by the third game of the series.            

    Game 1

    Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) took the ball for his conference-leading 13th start of the season and pitched into the eighth for third time this season, finishing with a line of 7.2 IP, six hits, three runs and notching a pair of strikeouts. The southpaw retired 10 straight batters between the 4th and 7th innings. Houston starter Aaron Garza was fantastic, going the distance for the second time this season. Garza completed his stellar afternoon allowing just one run and five hits to go along with five strikeouts.

    Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) recorded his fourth multiple-hit game of the season, singling twice in two at-bats and scoring the lone Husky run. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) notched his team-leading 38th RBI with a first-inning sac fly.

    UConn wasted no time getting on the board in the first, stringing together a pair of hits. Verdi got things started with a ringing single up the middle and moved to third after Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) doubled to deep right field. Next up, Melley lifted a fly ball to left field to plate Verdi on the sac fly and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

    Houston responded quickly in the top of the second, pulling even in the game after Appling doubled to right center, scoring Kyle Survance, before being cut down at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

    The score remained 1-1 until the top of the eighth inning.  Survance opened the inning with a double to left and advanced to third on a sac bunt. With one down, Josh Vidales laid down a squeeze bunt to third base, scoring Survance without a play at the plate. Casey Grayson added an insurance run, cracking his team-leading sixth homer of the year to right center field and pushing the Houston lead to 3-1.

    Garza finished off the strong outing, retiring 13 of the final 14 batters that he faced and earning his team-leading seventh win.

    Game 2

    The second game of the double header pitted Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) against Jake Lemoine.  Tabakman went five innings for UConn, allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Lemoine has tossed the first five innings for the Cougars, fanning eight and allowing runs thus far.

    Grayson continued his hot hitting in the third inning of the game with a double into the right center gap that scored Frankie Ratcliff from first base and gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead.

    Davey pulled the Huskies even in the fourth when he launched an opposite field home run that stayed just inside the foul pole. The blast was the right fielder’s 10th homer of the season, marking the first time a Husky player has recorded double-digit homeruns since George Springer had 12 during the 2011 season. UConn tacked on another run when Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) delivered a two-out single up the middle to plate Melley and give Connecticut a 2-1 lead.

    The Cougars took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, an inning that was interrupted by an hour-long lightning delay. Houston added one more run in the sixth before the game was halted due to darkness. The game is set to be resumed tomorrow, May 11 at 10 a.m. with the third game of the series following immediately after.