Feb. 28, 2014
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NASHVILLE -- The UConn baseball team (3-3) will play its first set of true road games this weekend when it travels to Lipscomb (2-7) for a three-game series. The Huskies and Bisons will square off on Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m., and continue the series on Saturday, March 1 at 3 p.m. before the finale on Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.), Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) and Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) will take the ball for Connecticut as the Huskies look to build on their three-game winning streak.
Scouting the Bisons... Lipscomb is off to a 2-7 start in 2014, including five losses in seven home games. The Bisons are averaging 6.67 runs per game, but have surrendered 7.0 runs/gm to opponents through the first two weeks of the season. Austin Sistrunk leads the Bison offense in 2014, boasting a .371 average to go along with a team-high nine RBIs. Jonathan Allison bats .303 with a team-high five doubles and seven runs batted in, while Tyson Ashcraft has blasted three homeruns and leads the team with a .636 slugging percentage. On the mound, RS-Junior RHP Will Blalock owns one of two Lipscomb wins, compiling a 3.72 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 9.2 innings of work. As a staff, Lipscomb holds a 5.31 ERA and 1.71 WHIP, surrendering 63 runs in 79.2 innings of work.
All-Time vs. Lipscomb… The Huskies and Bisons have met on the diamond just four times in the past, with UConn holding a 3-1 all-time edge. The most recent matchup came in the 2012 season when the Huskies defeated the Bisons, 6-5, at the Mississippi State Tournament at Dudy Noble Field, despite trailing, 5-1, in the eighth inning. SS Tom Verdi stepped to the plate with one out in the ninth and delivered a walk-off infield single to score Yavarone and give the Huskies their fourth victory of the 2012 season. In 16 games against Atlantic Sun opponents, UConn sports a 10-6 all-time record.
UConn's offense has been led in the early going by Jack Sundberg, who was named to the most recent American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Sundberg is batting .444 this season and has three consecutive multi-hit games. Yavarone is hitting .375, while Vinny Siena checks in at .346 and is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Siena also leads the club with five runs scored and a pair of doubles. Melley is the team leader with five RBIs, while Yavarone and Siena have each knocked in three.
On the mound, Marzi and Ward each have 1-1 records with sub-3.00 ERAs. Freshmen Anthony Kay and Andrew Zapata have both shined in roles out of the bullpen, combining to allow a single run between them in 11.2 innings of work over five apperances. The Husky bullpen has not allowed a run in 12.1 innings after a perfect weekend in Myrtle Beach.
Following the set at Lipscomb, UConn visits its first top-25 opponent of the year when it travels to Florida for a three-game set in Gainesville, Fla. The Huskies and Gators will square off from March 7-9.