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Baseball Qualifies for BIG EAST Tournament Despite Loss to No. 10 Louisville

Billy Ferriter was one of eight seniors honored prior to first pitch.

May 12, 2013

Box Score

STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team suffered a narrow 3-1 defeat to No. 10 Louisville at J.O. Christian Field, Saturday afternoon.  The Huskies dropped to 28-24 overall, but qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament with a 9-15 record.  The Cardinals lifted their record to 42-10 and 17-4.

Despite being swept on the weekend, UConn qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in Clearwater, Fla., which will take place May 22-26.

Junior righty Dace Kime (5-1) went 6.2 innings in the start for UofL and allowed just one UConn run on four hits, while striking out nine and walking none.  Redshirt-sophomore righty Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) lasted 6.2 innings and gave up all three runs, two earned, on six hits and one walk, while striking out four.  In just his fourth start of the season, Tabakman fell to 5-1 on the year.

Trailing 3-0 in the seventh, senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) hit a lead-off double to left, his 14th of the season.  He advanced to third on a groundball to second and scored on another, off the bat of freshman first baseman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.).

As a team, Louisville totaled seven hits to Connecticut’s four.  Junior third baseman Ty Young went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while sophomore shortstop Sutton Whiting went 1-for-4 with two RBI, coming on a one-out single up the middle in the seventh inning.

Out of the Husky bullpen, senior RHP Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) made his 90th career appearance, all in relief.  He pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one batter.

UConn gets back into non-conference action with an 11:30 am contest at Dodd Stadium against Rhode Island on Tuesday, May 14.