Bobby Melley leads UConn with a .368 average and 27 RBIs
April 16, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. -- Winners of four of five, the UConn baseball team (17-17, 4-4 The American) returns to J.O. Christian Field on Thursday for the first of three conference games against Temple (10-18, 5-7 The American). The meetings mark the first between the Huskies and Owls since 1977. First pitch on Thursday is set for 3 p.m., followed by 1 p.m. starts on Friday and Saturday.
First Conference Series Win… The Huskies earned their first-ever American Athletic Conference series win over the weekend at Cincinnati, taking two of three against the Bearcats. UConn fell, 3-1, in the opening game of the series despite 11 total hits and a 7.2 inning, three run performance from Anthony Marzi. Connecticut bounced back with a 7-2 win on Saturday, powered by three home runs and an excellent 7.0 inning, five-hit, one-run performance from Jordan Tabakman who earned his third win of the year. The bats stayed hot in the series finale, pounding out 15 hits, headlined by a three-hit, three-RBI performance from Bobby Melley.
About the Huskies… UConn is off to a 17-17 start in the 2014 season, including a 7-3 record in neutral site games and a 4-4 record in conference play. Four of UConn’s nine starters have recorded batting averages that top .270, led by Melley, who checks in at .368. The UConn starting rotation, which is anchored by upperclassmen Tabakman and 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 Temple… The Owls own a 10-18 record this season which includes a 3-9 record on the road. Temple has won five of its 12 conference games and is anchored by Robert Amaro who holds the team lead in average (.311), hits (32), home runs (2), and RBI (28). As a team, Temple is batting .249 with five long balls in 869 at-bats. On the hill, the Owls sport a 5.11 combined team ERA and have notched 146 strikeouts in 229.0 innings of work.
All-time vs. the Owls… The Huskies and Owls have split the first six games of the all-time series. The two squads first met in the 1940 season and most recently faced off in the 1977 NCAA District I Playoffs in Middletown, Conn. with the Owls emerging with a 9-7 victory.
Following the Temple series, UConn stays in Storrs for the first of three midweek games next week when it hosts Central Connecticut on April 21.