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UConn Falls 1-0 in Pitching Duel to USF

The only hit given up by Ward was a solo home run.

May 26, 2012

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Sophomore left-hander Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) allowed just one hit in five innings pitched for the University of Connecticut baseball team in a 1-0 loss to USF at Bright House Field on Saturday.  The one hit given up was a solo home run to junior Jimmy Falla in the top of the fourth inning.  With the win, the Bulls (37-21) forced a second game against the Huskies (31-26-1) that will begin at 6:30 pm.

Senior RHP Derrick Stultz (9-1) went the distance for South Florida and scattered three hits to earn the shutout.  He walked two and struck out four.  On the season, Stultz has given up just seven hits and not allowed a run in 15 innings against UConn.

Ward (3-5) struck out six and walked four in his first start since facing USF on May 13.  Junior RHP Pat Butler pitched 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his third relief appearance of the season.  He walked four and struck out three.  As a staff, Connecticut issued nine walks; none of which came around to score.

Falla had the only two hits of the game for the Bulls.  He singled in the eighth, but was picked off first by redshirt-senior catcher Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.) to end the inning.  For the Huskies, junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.), sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) and freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone (North Haven, Conn.) all singled.