March 20, 2012
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STORRS, Conn. - UConn returns to the Northeast, following a seven-game, coast-to-coast road trip, for its home opener against intrastate rival Yale at 3:00 pm on J.O. Christian Field.
About the Huskies... Connecticut makes its season debut on its home field, where the Huskies were 13-2-1 in 2011. UConn enters this afternoon’s game with an overall record of 6-11, following a four-game losing streak in a 2-5 road trip. Sophomore lefty Brian Ward suffered his first loss of the season in his last outing, against UAB, dropping his record to 3-1, while holding a 3.86 earned run average and 23 strikeouts in 28 innings of work. Junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli continues to roll at the plate. He went six-for-13 at the Coastal Classic with three homeruns, one in each game. For the season, Mazzilli is batting .333 with 15 runs, five HRs and 12 RBI. Senior first baseman Ryan Fuller has provided a steady bat in the clean-up spot, hitting .351 with 11 RBI and seven extra-base hits to go with a .479 on-base percentage.
Scouting the Bulldogs... Yale enters with an overall record of 4-10-1 after dropping three of four to Stony Brook over the weekend. Sophomore shortstop Cale Hansen is the lone Bulldog hitter above .300 at .380. At first base, sophomore Kevin Fortunato has hit Yale’s lone homerun of the season and has driven in a team-high 10 runs, while batting .259. Junior LHP Christopher O’Hare has made three starts on the season, owning a 1-1 record and 6.35 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched. As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting .233 and have been outscored 109-49 in 15 games.
Last Time They Met...
Yale tallied five runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth to come back from a 7-0 deficit on April 12 of last season. In the seventh, the Bulldogs scored five runs on four hits, the biggest of which was a three-run homer by Andrew Kolmar. Fortunato pitched the eighth and took the win, while Stephen Catalina
took the loss for UConn. Tim Martin
hit the first homerun of his career and Fuller went 2-for-3.