March 22, 2013
|Friday||LHP-Anthony Marzi||Jr.||1-3||4.97||RHP-Jack Vander Linden||R-So.||1-0||3.90|
|Saturday||RHP-Carson Cross||R-So.||4-0||1.31||LHP-Thomas Polus||Sr.||2-1||3.51|
|Sunday||LHP-Brian Ward||Jr.||1-1||2.90||LHP-Matt Hollenbeck||So.||0-3||4.01|
STORRS, Conn. - After the series was originally switched from J.O. Christian Field to Dodd Stadium, the Connecticut baseball team opens BIG EAST play on the road at Georgetown, March 22-24.
About the Huskies... UConn went 2-2 in its final Southern trip of the season, capped with a 9-4 win at College of Charleston, Tuesday night. The Huskies are 11-6 overall and led by senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli with .389 batting average, 19 runs scored and 18 driven in. Freshman third baseman Vinny Siena is swinging a hot bat with five- and four-hit games last week. His average is up to .375 with 13 RBI. Redshirt-sophomore RHP Carson Cross has been Connecticut's most consistent starter with a 4-0 record and 1.31 earned run average to go with a team-high 28 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched.
Last Time Out... Sophomore catcher Connor David finished off a five-run first inning with a three-run home run as UConn went on to defeat CofC, 9-4. Siena went 4-for-5 with a run and RBI. Senior RHP Pat Butler got the win in one inning of relief, while redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman tossed four-hitless innings with three strikeouts.
Scouting the Hoyas... Through 20 non-conference games, Georgetown is 14-6 and riding a seven-game winning streak. Senior center fielder Justin Leeson is batting .367 with a team-leading 18 runs scored, while junior DH/OF Christian Venditti has driven in a team-high 22 runs to go with four homers and a .282 average. The Hoyas pitching staff owns a 3.21 ERA, led by senior RHP Charlie Steinman at 1.80 in 15 relief innings, while nailing down five saves and striking out 20. Senior LHP Thomas Polus is 2-1 in four starts with a 3.51 ERA.
Big East Openers... Since the league's inception in 1985, UConn is 13-15 in its first BIG EAST contest of the season and 3-6 under Coach Penders' watch, following a 10-7 win over West Virginia on March 24, 2012.
Starting Cross... Cross' first 16 appearances in 2012 were out of the bullpen, but each of his last seven have been starts. When starting games, he is 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA and 34 K's. The Huskies are 6-1 in his starts.
Road Warriors... Connecticut will play each of its first 20 games on the road; the longest such streak since playing 21 in a row away from home in 2005, which was also the last time UConn did not play a home game in the month of March. The Huskies home opener will be played on April 1 agaisnt Quinnipiac at J.O. Christian Field.
Up Next... The Huskies take the short trip to the University of Hartford on Tuesday afternoon for a 3:00 pm contest before hitting the road for a BIG EAST series at Seton Hall.
UConn's Man of Steal... Redshirt-senior center fielder Billy Ferriter tied the program mark for career steals with the 80th of his career at Central Connecticut (Mar. 13). He took the all-time lead with his 81st coming at Presbyterian (Mar. 16) and added one more to his total in the same game.
Triples Crown... In the ninth inning at Central Connecticut (Mar. 13), Mazzilli tripled for the 12th time in his career to pass Brian Majeski for first all-time at UConn. He added to his record total with his league-leading fourth of the season.
Bullpen Bagels... The Husky bullpen has tossed 42 scoreless innings of the 60.0 whole innings pitched. As a unit, the bullpen owns a 3.52 ERA, compared to a 4.54 ERA by opposing relievers. Senior RHPs Will Jolin and Ryan Moore each own ERAs of 0.00 in 6.2 and 6.0 innings pitched, respectively. In extra-inning games, the bullpen has thrown 13 innings, given up six hits, struck out 10 and allowed zero runs.
23 Ways to Reach First... Through 17 games, UConn has shown great patience at the plate and finding ways to get on. Seven regulars in the Husky lineup maintain on-base percentages above .400, including Testani and reshman first baseman Bobby Melley, who are both hitting .250 or less. As a team, the Huskies own a .410 OBP, ranking 24th in Division I, to .325 for their opponents.
On the Bases... Connecticut has remained dedicated to its aggressive game plan as the Huskies have attempted 56 stolen bases to the opponents 24. UConn has totaled 42 steals, a .750 success rate, while the Huskies have thrown out just one opposing runner on the bases. Verdi and Ferriter lead UConn with 10, apiece. The Huskies entered the week with 40 steals, good enough for 18th in the country and 11th in steals per game, 2.50.