May 16, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - Sophomore Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) threw six innings and scattered eight hits while striking out seven and walking none to lead the University of Connecticut baseball team to a 7-3 win over George Mason on Thursday afternoon in the first of a three-game series. Cross improves his record to 8-4 on the season. UConn is 29-25 on the season while the Patriots are 17-34. The win broke a six-game losing streak for the Huskies.
The Huskies took control of the game with a four-run seventh inning that broke a 2-2- tie. Freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) hit a one-out, two-run homer that plated freshman DH Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.), who singled earlier in the inning. The other two runs came on a two-RBI single by freshman third baseman Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.) that scored sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) and sophomore right fielder Jon Testani (Monroe, Conn.)
UConn added an insurance run in the ninth on a an RBI single by junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.).
Testani was three for four on the day with two RBI while senior second baseman L.J. Mazzilli also had two hits for the Huskies.
Three Husky pitchers closed out the game for Cross - including senior Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.), who had a scoreless ninth.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Mazzilli sacrifice fly that scored Verdi and broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by freshman Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.).
Jared Gaynor took the loss for the Patriots and fell to 2-9 on the season. He threw six and a third innings and gave up eight hits and six runs. He walked one and struck out one.
Four George Mason players had two hits apiece to lead the Patriot offense.
The two teams play again on Friday at 3:00 p.m.