Carson Cross gets the nod to start Friday vs. St. John's
April 4, 2013
|Friday||RHP-Carson Cross, RSo.||5-0, 1.30||RHP-James Lomangino, RJr.||0-2, 4.34|
|Saturday||LHP-Anthony Marzi, Jr.||1-4, 4.54||LHP-Sean Hagan, Sr.||1-4, 7.19|
|Sunday||LHP-Brian Ward, Jr.||1-2, 2.92||LHP-Ryan Horstman, RFr.||4-3, 1.91|
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut’s home BIG EAST schedule gets underway against St. John’s beginning with a 3:00 pm first pitch at J.O. Christian Field on Friday, April 5.
On the Air... Friday’s contest against the Red Storm will be broadcast on WTIC.com by UConn football and men’s basketball play-by-play announcer Joe D’Ambrosio. All three games will be streamed at UConnHuskies.com and can also be heard on 91.7 FM WHUS.
About the Huskies... UConn is just 2-4 in the last week and enters the weekend at 16-11 overall and 3-3 in the BIG EAST. Freshman first baseman Bobby Melley is swinging the Huskies’ hottest bat of late, lifting his average to .314 with 15 RBI. Over the last 11 games Melley is hitting .419 (18-for-43) with 11 RBI. Redshirt-sophomore RHP Carson Cross moves into the Friday starter’s role after posting a 5-0 record in his first seven starts of the season. He owns a 1.30 earned run average and a team-high 42 strikeouts. As a team, Connecticut owns a 3.27 ERA to 4.45 for opponents.
Last Time Out... The Huskies suffered a 15-5 defeat at Yale on Wednesday. UConn was outhit, 18-8, 15 of which were singles as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings. Down 14-1, freshman shortstop Bryan Daniello blasted a grand slam for his second home run of the season. It was the first grand slam since Tom Verdi did it against Charleston (Feb. 25, 2012). Melley went 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Connecticut used eight pitchers, including redshirt-sophomore LHP David Mahoney, who struck out three.
Scouting the Red Storm... St. John’s visits Storrs with a 12-16 record, including a 2-4 mark in conference play. The Red Storm was swept by Pittsburgh and took two out of three from Cincinnati. This week, the Johnnies led 14-4 over Wagner before falling, 22-16. Junior first baseman Frank Schwindel is batting a team-best .360 with 31 RBI and 21 runs scored. He is tied for the team-lead with 11 doubles with senior third baseman Sean O’Hare, who is hitting .330 with 18 RBI and eight stolen bases. Senior lefty and All-BIG EAST Preseason selection Sean Hagan is just 1-4 with a 7.19 ERA in seven starts. Redshirt-junior righty James Lomangino owns a 4.34 ERA and 0-2 record in seven starts with a team-best 42 K’s.
Last Time They Met... Connecticut was able to salvage a Sunday victory at St. John’s on April 15, 2012. Billy Ferriter went 4-for-6 out of the lead-off spot and drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th as UConn picked up an 8-7 win. Scott Oberg, who twice lost the lead, pitched a then- career-long 4.2 innings to earn the win. Tim Martin went 4-for-7 with two runs, while LJ Mazzilli went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a homer. Matt Wessinger hit a two-run HR for the Red Storm.
All-Time vs. St. John’s... UConn trails the all-time series with STJ, 56-54. The two teams first met in 1976; a 3-0 win for the Huskies. St. John’s last visited Connecticut in 2011 as UConn swept the Red Storm in three games by a combined score of 23-8.
Road Warriors... Connecticut played each of its first 24 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.
Up Next... In the mid-week, UConn hosts Northeastern on Tuesday at 3:00 pm and visits Brown on Wednesday at 3:30 pm. Next weekend, the Huskies visit Villanova for a three-game set.
Starting Cross... Cross’ first 16 appearances in 2012 were out of the bullpen, but each of his last eight have been starts. When starting games, he is 6-0 with a 1.22 ERA and 57 K’s in 66.1 innings. The Huskies are 8-1 in his starts. Nationally, Cross owns the second lowest career ERA among active players with at least 75 innings pitched at 1.26.
New England Poll... The first NEIBA Coaches’ Poll was released last week. Connecticut is the second ranked team in New England, behind Dartmouth (14-3). The Huskies received two first place votes to the Big Green’s nine.
On the Bases... Connecticut has remained dedicated to its aggressive game plan as the Huskies have attempted 83 stolen bases to the opponents 48. UConn has totaled 65 steals, a .783 success rate, while the Huskies have thrown out just five opposing runners on the bases. Ferriter and Verdi lead UConn with 17 and 14, respectively. The Huskies entered the week with 58 steals, good enough for 15th in the country and 11th in steals per game, 2.42.
Lineups... Through 27 games, the Huskies have used 11 different lineups, adding three new ones in the last week. Connecticut’s two most common lineups feature a catching platoon with sophomore Connor David and freshman Max McDowell. UConn used 32 different lineups in 2012. Through 21 games in the last two seasons, the Huskies used 16 lineups in 2012 and 11 in 2011.