March 6, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Playing its second straight true road series of 2014, the UConn baseball team (4-5) will visit a traditional college baseball power when it takes on the University of Florida (7-6) this weekend for three games at McKethan Stadium at Perry Field. First pitch on Friday, March 7 is set for 7 p.m., before a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday, March 8 and a 1 p.m. series finale on Sunday, March 9.
Weekend in the Music City... The Huskies entered last weekend's series with Lipscomb on a three-game win streak following a sweep of the Baseball at the Beach Tournament on Feb. 21-23. In Friday's opener, the Huskies extended their win streak to four when Aaron Hill collected his first two collegiate RBIs, including a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 10th. Tabakman became the first Husky starter to reach the seventh inning, turning in a line of 6.1 IP, four runs (two earned), six hits, two walks and four strikeouts in the win. The Bisons got the best of UConn on Saturday, returning the favor with a 10th-inning walk-off victory of their own. Marzi tossed seven innings of six hit, two-run ball but the Husky offense was only able to muster five hits on the afternoon, falling 4-3 in extra innings. In the Sunday finale, a 12-run eighth inning propelled the Bisons to a series win, despite a 2-for-4 afternoon for Davey, who connected on his first home run of the year in the top half of the ninth inning. Overall, Davey was UConn's top performer in the series, going 5-for-11 and scoring a run in each game.
Scouting the Gators... Florida is off to a 7-6 start in 2014, including a 5-4 record at McKethan Stadium. Three starters are hitting over .300 early in the season, headlined by junior C Braden Mattson who checks in at .342 with three doubles and nine RBI in the Gators' first 13 games. Sophomore INF Richie Martin has been a threat for Florida on the base paths, recording a team-high three steals in four attempts to go along with a .400 OBP. On the hill, freshman RHP Logan Shore has been stellar, appearing in three games with a line of 13.0 IP, 11 hits, one run, one walk, and 12 strikeouts. As a staff, the Gators hold a 3.47 ERA in 114 innings, compiling 88 strikeouts and 36 walks.
All-Time vs. Florida... The Huskies and Gators have met on the diamond just five times in a series that dates back to the 1968 season. Florida currently holds a 3-2 all-time edge but dropped the most recent game, 7-1, at home on March 13, 1991. Against current teams from the SEC, UConn holds a 2-21 overall record, and an 0-1 record this season.
Following the series in Florida, UConn gears up for its first game in the Nutmeg State when it travels to Bridgeport to take on Sacred Heart. First pitch with the Pioneers on Tuesday, March 12 is set for 3:30 p.m.