Feb. 21, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut heads to Orlando, Fla. to face future conference foe UCF along with Troy and Texas Tech at the Wawa’s Weekend Classic, hosted by Central Florida.
About the Huskies... UConn is 1-2 to start the season for the third straight season after dropping a pair of games to Purdue, surrounding a 15-inning victory over Indiana in St. Petersburg, Fla. Senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli leads the team with a .400 batting average, despite having a 13-game hit streak snapped against the Hoosiers. Towards the bottom of the order, sophomore left fielder Eric Yavarone is off to a hot start at .357 with two RBI. On the mound, redshirt-sophomore RHP Carson Cross turned in a quality start against IU as he went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out four.
Let’s Play 15!... Freshman Bryan Daniello made his collegiate debut as a pinch-runner against Indiana on Saturday night and soon advanced to third on one wild pitch and then scored the go-ahead run on another. Senior righty Dan Feehan, who came on in the 14th with two on and one out, finished the game to earn the win, 4-3, in 15 innings. It was the longest game for Connecticut since a 2-2, 16-inning tie against Holy Cross on March 22, 2011. Junior shortstop Tom Verdi stole a career-high three bases and scored a pair of runs.
Marathon Contest... Through the first weekend of play, UConn’s 15-inning win over Indiana is the longest game played in NCAA Division I this season.
Streaks Snapped... In the win over Indiana, Mazzilli went 0-for-7, ending his 13-game hitting streak. Cross also ended a string of 22.1 scoreless innings pitched with a unearned run in the first inning.
Bullpen Bagels... The Husky bullpen has tossed 12-consecutive scoreless innings and has put up a zero in 15 of the last 16 innings pitched. Senior righty Ryan Moore and redshirt-sophomore lefty David Mahoney have pitched 2.1 and 3.0 innings, respectively, with three strikeouts apiece.
Season Openers... UConn snapped a string of six straight season-opening losses in 2012 with its shutout of Indiana. In the Penders era, Connecticut is 2-8 in season openers, with the only other win a 10-7 road win at Belmont on February 25, 2005. Since the Huskies joined the BIG EAST, they are 9-20 in season openers.
TWI(UConn)B History... Despite losing the season opener, UConn took two out of three from No. 20 Florida Atlantic on the road in 2006. After a 1-0 loss the Huskies earned a doubleheader split with the Owls following a 2-0 win on February 25 and took the series the next day with a 9-1 win. Rich Sirois went six innings and struck out six for win number one, while Larry Day drove in both runs. In the series wrap-up, Austin Wasserman went 4-for-5 with five RBI in support of Nick Tucci who went seven strong for the victory.
Up Next... The Huskies play their final early season tournament at Stetson in DeLand, Fla. beginning on Friday, March 1 against Ohio State. UConn will face Central Michigan on March 2 before taking on the host Hatters on March 3.
Homegrown Huskies... The Connecticut 34-man roster features 19 players from the “Nutmeg State”. All UConn players from the state of Connecticut will be identifiable by a decal on the back of their hats and helmets in the outline of the state. Seven of 10 starters on opening day are from Connecticut, including starting pitcher Anthony Marzi.