May 19, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut baseball team closed out the 2012 regular season with a 4-0 shutout victory over Notre Dame at J.O. Christian Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies head into the BIG EAST Tournament at 29-25-1 overall and 16-11 in league play, while the Fighting Irish sit at 29-25 and 14-13.
Redshirt-freshman RHP Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) pitched a career-long 5.1 innings of scoreless ball in his first career start. Cross (3-1) gave up three hits, walked two and struck out five. He also worked out of trouble in the first inning, escaping a two-on, one-out situation.
UConn scored its first run of the game in the first inning. Redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) and senior first baseman Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) started the inning with back-to-back base hits. The table-setters both moved up on a double steal and after a walk to senior first baseman Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.) loaded the bases, Ferriter scored on a hit by pitch to junior right fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.).
In the third, Fuller walked and went first to third on a single to right by sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) and scored on a groundball out to second off the bat of Paul.
The Huskies added two insurance runs in the sixth, which started with a base hit to right center by senior DH John Sulzicki (Stratford, Conn.). Freshman Devin Over (Windsor, Conn.) entered as a pinch-runner for Sulzicki. Redshirt-senior catcher Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.) reached on his second hit by pitch of the game to put two runners on for Martin. Martin, who went 3-5 on the day, delivered a two-out single up the middle, scoring Over from second and Pavone came in on a single to left by junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.).
Junior righty Adam Norton (4-5) pitched 5.1 innings, scattered six hits, surrendered three runs, walked a pair and struck out five. Sophomore third baseman Eric Jagielo collected two of Notre Dame's seven hits on the day.
Out of the bullpen, junior RHP Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) pitched one inning and came on to induce a double play on his first pitch of the seventh inning. Redshirt-junior RHP Scott Oberg (Tewksbury, Mass.) worked both the eighth and ninth innings and shut down all six batters faced.
Connecticut will return to action on Wednesday for the opening game of the BIG EAST Tournament at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Huskies have locked up the fifth seed and will face USF at 8:00 pm.