March 23, 2012
STORRS, Conn. -
About the Huskies... UConn snapped a four-game losing streak, its first since 2009, with an 8-0 win over Yale in the home opener on Wednesday afternoon. Senior first baseman Ryan Fuller leads all Husky hitters with a .333 average and has driven in 11 runs out of the clean-up spot. The offense’s firepower has come out of the three-hole, with junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli blasting a homerun in each of the last four games. For the season, Mazzilli has knocked six out of the park, while bating .329 and scoring a team-high 16 runs. Sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi has moved around the batting order and produced everywhere, batting .314 with a team-leading 16 RBI. On the mound, sophomore lefty ace Brian Ward dropped to 3-1 in his last start and owns a 3.86 earned run average and has struck out 23 batters in 28 innings pitched. As a team, UConn is batting .274, while the pitchers are holding opponents to a .246 average.
Home Opener... The Huskies improved to 6-2-1 in home openers under head coach Jim Penders. Mazzilli took Yale’s started deep for a two-run shot in the first inning as
Scouting the Mountaineers... Coming off a doubleheader split at home against
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Big East Openers... Since the league’s inception in 1985, UConn is 12-15 in its first BIG EAST contest of the season and 2-6 under Coach Penders’ watch. The Huskies defeated
Up Next... The Huskies begin a five-game home stretch with non-conference games against
Closing in on 300... Penders is just four wins away from 300 career wins, all at UConn, after improving his career record to 296-195-3 with Wednesday’s win over Yale. He won his first game on March 8, 2004 against
Power Surge... Over the last six games, Mazzilli has hit five homeruns, lifting his season total to six, which matches his career total coming into the season. In his first two seasons, Mazzilli hit six homers, three in each season, in 91 games (0.07/game). This season has has slugged six in 18 games (0.33/game), a 471% increase in power.
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Rare Run Support... Through five starts, sophomore lefty Anthony Marzi has recorded a 2.97 ERA, but is 0-4 on the season. He has received just eight runs of support and is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against
Revolving Corner... Following Wednesday’s match-up with Yale, three different players have started at third base, while all three other infield spots have been occupied by the same player since opening day. Senior Tim Martin, sophomore Mike Friel and freshman Jon Testani have all started at the hot corner. Friel has pulled nine starts, since replacing Martin who struggled with just a .733 fielding percentage. Friel has committed just one error and owns a .944 fielding percentage, but is batting just .208 when manning third, while Martin hit .238 playing third.