May 26, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Connecticut baseball team’s season came to an end with a 2-1 loss in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals to the University of South Florida at Bright House Field on Saturday night. The Huskies finished 31-27-1, while the Bulls move on to the finals, where they will face St. John’s, with a 38-21 record.
UConn struck first with a run in the sixth inning. Senior first baseman Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) lined a two-out double off the wall in right and scored on a scorching single past third by junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.).
Redshirt-freshman RHP Carson Cross (Brentwood, N.H.) earned his second start of the season and lasted a career-long 5.2 innings. He gave up just four hits and struck out one, while extending his scoreless innings pitched streak to 22.
Junior RHP Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) came on in relief with two on and two out in the sixth and ended the inning on a groundball to first on just one pitch. In the seventh, things fell apart for Feehan (1-2) after a walk, base hit and balk put two in scoring position with nobody out. Senior third baseman Daniel Rockhold came in with the game-tying run on a wild pitch and junior right fielder Jimmy Falla did the same to score the eventual game-winning run.
Mazzilli finished the day 2-4 and ended the tournament with eight hits as he made his way on to the All-BIG EAST Tournament Team. Falla went 2-3 and totaled four of USF’s eight hits in the two games.
South Florida took game one earlier in the day, 1-0, behind a complete game from senior RHP Derrick Stultz.