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UConn Baseball Looks To Rebound With A Pair Of Midweek Games

Andrew Zapata will look for his fourth win of the year on Tuesday against UMass.

April 28, 2014

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AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Connecticut baseball team will look to get back on track with a pair of midweek games at UMass and Holy Cross after being swept in a three-game series against No. 12 Louisville over the weekend. The Huskies are set to travel to Amherst, Mass. on Tuesday, April 29 to take on the Minutemen at 3 p.m., before heading to Worcester, Mass. to challenge the Crusaders on Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m.

The Last Meeting
April 22, 2014
Amherst, Mass.
UConn Tops UMass In Midweek Action, 8-5
The UConn baseball team erased an early deficit to top Massachusetts by a score of 8-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The win pushed the Huskies back over .500, now at 20-19 in 2014, while the Minutemen dropped to 8-24.

The Last Meeting
Holy Cross0
May 1, 2013
J.O. Christian Field - Storrs, Conn.
UConn Cruises Past Holy Cross, 8-0
Four pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout, an 8-0 win for the University of Connecticut baseball team, over Holy Cross at J.O. Christian Field on Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies lifted their record to 27-19, while the Crusaders, first place in the Patriot League, dropped to 25-23.

The meeting between the Huskies and Minutemen will come just one week after the two teams squared off at Earl Lorden Field; a game which ended in a UConn 8-5 victory. Callahan Brown (Jupiter, Fla.) made his first career start on the mound for the Huskies and went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, with a walk and four strikeouts en route to the victory. Offensively, UConn was paced by Blake Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) who went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored. Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) also had a big day, going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.

UMass and UConn will square off for the 161st time in a series that dates back to 1900. Last season, UConn played host to the Minutemen and escaped with a 5-4 victory, taking advantage of a four-run seventh inning. The Huskies hold an 87-70-3 edge in the all-time series and are winners of the last 10 matchups.

Freshman RHP Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) will take the ball for the Huskies, looking for his fourth win of the year. The hurler has been excellent in his freshman campaign, checking in with the third lowest ERA on the team (1.65), while holding a team-best 1.02 WHIP.

UMass holds a 9-26 record this season, but is 4-4 at home. Nik Campero is the lone Minutemen player to hold a batting average over .300 and also checks in with a team-best .372 OBP. As a staff, UMass owns a 4.90 ERA with 173 strikeouts in 303.0 innings of work.

On Wednesday, UConn will look to continue its recent string of success against Holy Cross (13-31) when it travels to Fitton Field for a non-conference contest. The Huskies hold a 20-0-2 record against their New England rivals since 1984 and a 42-19-2 all-time series record.

Senior lefty Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) will earn the nod after being named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for the week of April 27. Ward led the Huskies to a midweek victory with his first career complete game against Central Connecticut, surrendering just one run and striking out six.

The Crusader offense is paced by Evan Ocello, who has recorded a .329 batting average and team-best 80 total bases. On the bump, Holy Cross sports a 4.89 ERA with 244 punch-outs in 359.0 innings.