Senior captain Ryan Fuller.
May 4, 2012
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STORRS, Conn. - After posting identical 11-8 records in March and April, Connecticut opens the month of May with a three-game home series against Cincinnati, including a Saturday doubleheader at Dodd Stadium.
On the Air... In addition to 91.7 FM WHUS and WHUS.org, Saturday’s action can be streamed on WTIC.com with Joe D’Ambrosio, play-by-play voice of UConn football and men’s basketball, calling the action.
About the Huskies... Connecticut went 1-2 at Louisville last weekend, falling back into a three-way tie for second place with the Cardinals and USF at 12-6 in the BIG EAST, while coming into the weekend with a 24-20 overall record. Out of the bullpen, redshirt-junior righty Scott Oberg has carried the staff with a 5-0 record and 1.48 earned run average in 24.1 innings pitched. He also has recorded six saves, his last coming at Pittsburgh (4/6). Redshirt-junior center fielder and lead-off hitter Billy Ferriter is batting a team-best .356 with 35 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. Junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli hasn’t homered since April 15 at St. John’s, but still leads the team with nine to go with a .331 average, 39 runs, 33 RBI and 14 doubles, all team-highs.
Last Time Out...
The Huskies scored just one run on seven hits through seven innings, but fought back for a 7-4 win at No. 20 Louisville, behind six runs on six hits in the final two innings. Connecticut
snapped a four-game slide and avoided the sweep with the win. UConn tied the game 3-3 in the eighth on a single by Ferriter, his fourth hit of the day, but lost the lead in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth, freshman Jon Testani
laced a pinch-hit double to left, scoring two, and putting the Huskies up 5-4. Freshman left fielder Eric Yavarone
drove in two more as Oberg won his fifth game of the year.
Scouting the Bearcats... Cincinnati was swept by Rutgers last weekend, falling to 2-16 in league play. The Bearcats are 13-33 overall and have lost nine straight and 14 of 16. Sophomore left fielder Justin Glass leads the team with a .371 batting average and 33 runs, while swiping 13 bags. Freshman 3B Joey Bielek is second on the team with a .337 average, while contributing 14 doubles. On the hill, freshman LHP Zach Morris has pitched 57.2 innings and holds a 2-3 record and 3.59 ERA. Junior LHP Thomas Gentile has pitched 52.1 innings, mostly out of the bullpen, and has a team-high 48 Ks and 3.44 ERA.
All-Time vs. Cincy... Connecticut and Cincinnati met for the first time in 2006 when the Bearcats joined the BIG EAST. The Huskies own a 10-7 advantage in the all-time series, including conference tournament wins in 2006 and 2010. In the first meeting, UConn won 13-1 en route to a three game sweep at home. The longest winning streak in the series is five, by Cincinnati, between 2007 and 2008.
Last Time They Met... No. 24 UConn fell to Cincinnati, 7-4, on the final day of the 2011 regular season. The Huskies finished BIG EAST play 22-5 after taking the first two games of the weekend series. In the finale, the Bearcats chased UConn lefty starter Brian Ward with four runs in the fifth inning. Chris Peters went 3-5, while RHP Dan Jensen picked up the win
TWI(UConn)B History... Connecticut welcomed Pittsburgh to the BIG EAST with a three-game sweep in 1990. The Huskies downed the Panthers, 8-3, on May 5 and swept a doubleheader on May 6, 16-4 and 15-3, on the road. Jason Fronio, Pete Walker and Tim Cain all picked up wins for UConn.
Up Next... The Huskies host Northeastern for a non-conference tilt at 3:00 pm at J.O. Christian on Wednesday, May 9.
Driving Down 32... The Huskies played the first of four games at Dodd Stadium against Rutgers last Saturday. In the last three years, UConn is 2-4 at Dodd including a 1-2 showing at the 2010 NCAA Norwich Regional.
Bullpen Bulldog... Oberg has pitched 24.1 innings out of the bullpen in 16 appearances after sitting out the 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery. This season, Oberg assumed the role of closer and has nailed down six saves. He is also the team leader in wins with a perfect 5-0 record. Oberg is just the second pitcher to post five wins without making a start since 1990. He also accomplished this feat in 2010 when he went 5-2.
At Home on the Road... Through 44 games, Connecticut has played just 10 at home. The Huskies are 12-11 in away games and 17-17 including neutral site games. In BIG EAST play, UConn is 8-4 on the road and batting .297 as a team with a 3.22 ERA, outscoring opponents, 74-63.
BIG EAST Tournament... The 2012 BIG EAST Baseball Tournament will return to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., for a fifth straight season, May 23-27.
MiLB Update... Currently 13 former Huskies are on Minor League rosters. Matt Barnes was promoted to Salem (A Adv.) after posting a 2-0 record and 0.34 ERA in five starts. He also struck out 42 in 26.2 innings. For Daytona (A Adv.), John Andreoli is batting .318 with a .444 OBP and six steals.
Staff Struggles... Redshirt-freshman right-hander Jordan Tabakman was the last UConn starter to earn a win with a seven-inning effort at Pittsburgh (4/6). Since then, only senior righty David Fischer has pitched more than six inning, going 7.1 in a loss at St. John’s (4/13). In the last 14 games, starters are 0-6 with a 7.67 ERA. The bullpen is 7-1 with a 3.54 ERA over that stretch, tossing 61 innings to the starter’s 63.1.