May 17, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – Senior right-hander David Fischer (Scotia, N.Y.) matched his career-long with eight innings pitched and struck out a career-high 10 batters, pacing the University of Connecticut baseball team to a 2-1 win over Notre Dame at J.O. Christian Field on Thursday afternoon. The Huskies improved to 28-24-1 overall and 15-10 in the BIG EAST, while the Fighting Irish dropped to 28-24 and 13-12.
Fischer (4-6) scattered three hits and surrendered just one unearned run as he walked one and hit a pair. He became the first UConn starter to win a game since redshirt-freshman Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) beat Pittsburgh on April 6. Over the last 22 game stretch, Connecticut starters were 0-10, while the bullpen managed a 10-1 record to go with one tie.
Redshirt-junior RHP Scott Oberg (Tewksbury, Mass.) also got his first save opportunity since April 6. Oberg allowed just one hit and got some help from his outfield to secure his seventh save of the season. The first batter Oberg faced in the ninth made a bid for a sinking base hit into shallow center, but was robbed by redshirt-junior Billy Ferriter’s (Nashua, N.H.) diving catch.
The Huskies scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) hit the first of three-straight one-out base hits to left field. He would come around to score from second on a single to left by senior third baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.). After a failed squeeze attempt with Fuller breaking from third, UConn doubled its lead when sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) scored from third on a passed ball.
In the next half inning, Fischer was dominant with his control, striking out the side, all looking.
Senior righty Will Hudgins (4-3) went just four innings, allowing both UConn runs on three hits, in the loss and struck out four. Freshman DH Ryan Bull drove in the only ND run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field in the sixth.
The Huskies and the Irish play again tomorrow night at 6:00 pm under the lights at New Britain Stadium. Tickets are available at the gate for just $5.