Feb. 16, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The
About the Huskies... Fresh off the program’s first BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and a run to the NCAA Super Regionals,
Big Ten/BIG EAST History... UConn has posted a 4-5 record in the last three challenges. A year ago, the Huskies dropped back-to-back games to Purdue and
Scouting the Field... All three Big Ten opponents were within one game of .500 or better in 2011. First on the schedule is
Against the Big Ten... The Huskies are 15-19 all-time against the teams that currently compete in the Big Ten. UConn posted a 1-1 record against
TWI(UConn)B History... Last season’s Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge (February 18-20) marked the first time that the Huskies opened their season before February 20.
Taking the Mound... The Huskies lost 308 innings pitched from its 2011 starters, who compiled a 27-13 record and 3.63 ERA. A younger staff, led by Ward, looks to step into fill the void. Several pitchers may make the move from the bullpen to the rotation, including senior RHP David Fischer and redshirt-junior RHP Will Jolin. Jolin posted a 3.76 ERA and struck out 35 batters in 38.1 innings pitched. Junior RHP Pat
Season Openers... UConn has lost six straight season openers. In the Jim Penders era,
Exit Poll... UConn finished 2011 ranked 14th in the final
Bookends... In 2011, Mazzilli batted lead-off in 48 games and Ferriter batted ninth in 56 games. At the top, Mazzilli batted .350 with 40 runs scored and while batting at the bottom Ferriter hit .293 and scored 44 runs.
Back in Action... Redshirt-senior Joe Pavone and redshirt-junior RHP Scott Oberg return to the mix after sitting out 2011 due to injuries. Pavone batted .273 with five homeruns and 20 RBI behind the dish in 2010. Out of the bullpen, Oberg won five games in relief, with a 1.94 ERA in 46.1 innings pitched.