April 11, 2014
Just What the Doctor Ordered…. Following a three-loss weekend in the 2014 College Baseball Classic at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn., UConn got back on track with a pair of midweek victories over Northeastern and Brown. On Tuesday, Connecticut traveled to Brookline, Mass. for a battle of the Huskies and emerged with a 2-0 victory behind a scoreless six-inning effort from Freshman RHP Andrew Zapata. Bobby Melley collected two hits and an RBI to help lead the Huskies to their third shutout of the 2014 season. The following day, at J.O. Christian Field, Blake Davey smashed his team-leading fifth home run of the season and Max McDowell delivered three RBI in UConn’s 7-4 victory over Brown. Max Slade earned his second victory of the season, coming in in relief of Brian Ward and tossing 1.2 innings of two-run ball. David Mahoney closed the door on the Bears and grabbed his third save of the year.
About the Huskies… UConn is off to a 15-16 start in the 2014 season, including a 7-3 record in neutral site games. Four of UConn’s nine starters have recorded batting averages that top .270, led by Melley, who checks in at .348. The UConn starting rotation, which is anchored by upperclassmen Jordan Tabakman and Anthony Marzi, has helped propel the Husky staff to a 2.71 overall ERA. UConn’s 33-man roster boasts just 10 total upperclassman; a list that also features just three seniors. The Huskies are competing in their first season of the American Athletic Conference after winning their final BIG EAST Tournament title in 2013.
Scouting Cincinnati… The Bearcats are 13-18 in 2014, including a 2-7 record in The American, but sport a 7-4 home record. Cincinnati is led offensively by Ian Happ who is tops on the team with a .356 batting average, three homeruns and 23 RBI. On the bump, the Bearcats own a 4.02 team ERA and are allowing opponents to hit .254.
All-time vs. the Bearcats… The Huskies and Bearcats have met on the diamond 20 times in the past with UConn holding a 12-8 all-time series lead. The last meeting came in the 2012 season when the Huskies hosted Cincinnati and took two of three games, including a thrilling 13-inning walk-off victory in the series finale.
Dynamic Duo… Bobby Melley and Blake Davey have been a force for UConn through the first half of the season, combining for 21 extra-base hits and eight of Connecticut’s 11 homers. Melley was been named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll in back-to-back weeks for his efforts. The duo is responsible for 110 of UConn’s 360 total bases (30.5 percent).
After the three-game set at UC, the Huskies return to the Nutmeg State for a midweek match-up at Fairfield on April 15.