May 17, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. -
Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) went four-for-five with three RBIs, three runs scored and a home run while junior Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) scattered six hits in seven innings pitched to lead the University of Connecticut baseball team to a 9-1 win over George Mason on Friday. The Huskies improve to 30-25 on the season while GMU falls to 17-35.
Marzi (4-6) struck out seven and walked one in his effort while senior Will Jolin (Guilford, Conn.) pitched the final two innings in scoreless fashion.
Three other Huskies had multiple hit days besides Mazzilli as junior DH Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.), freshman third baseman Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and freshman catcher Max McDowell (North Huntington, Pa.) each had two.
John Williams (2-6) took the loss for the Patriots in just four innings of work as he gave up six runs on eight hits, walked none and struck out two.
UConn trailed 1-0 early on, but scored three runs in third, fifth and ninth innings for the win. In the third, the Huskies scored on an RBI single by Mazzilli that plated Verdi and Siena followed with a two-run homer that also scored Mazzilli.
The UConn fifth was paced by on RBI singles by senior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) and Mazzilli and a sacrifice fly by McDowell.
UConn's ninth saw Mazzilli hit his solo homer while Siena scored on a bases loaded walk and freshman first baseball Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) come home on an error.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Connecticut will then open play in the BIG EAST Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., on Wednesday, May 22. The Huskies will be the No. 8 seed in the tournament and play the regular season champion (either Pittsburgh or Louisville) in the first round.