Bobby Melley leads The American with a .367 batting average in 2014.
May 12, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut baseball team will play non-conference rival Rhode Island in a midweek doubleheader at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. scheduled on Tuesday, May 13. The first game of the twin-billing is set for 11 a.m., with game two following approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion.
Bobby Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) leads the American Athletic Conference with a .367 batting average and is tied for the league high with 66 hits this season.
On the hill, UConn still boasts a sub-3.00 team ERA, headlined by left-handed ace Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) who checks in with four wins and a 2.94 ERA. Freshman RHP Andrew Zapata (Staten Island, N.Y.) will earn his eighth start of the year in the doubleheader and will look to improve on his team-best 1.17 WHIP.
The match-ups will represent the 180th and 181st all-time meeting between the two teams, which is the most for any UConn opponent. URI was one of just five foes the Huskies faced in their inaugural season in 1896. Overall, UConn leads the series 111-64-4, but has not won a game against the Rams since the 2011 campaign.
The squads met last season at Dodd Stadium nearly a year ago when URI escaped with a 7-3 victory despite two-hit afternoons from Vinny Siena (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Melley.
URI enters the game with an 11-37 overall record after being swept in a three-game series at George Washington last weekend. The Rams are just 4-22 on the road this season. Rhode Island has struggled at the dish, holding just a .228 team batting average and scoring just 3.53 runs per contest. On the rubber, the Rams own a 4.31 ERA but have allowed only five long balls this year.
After rounding out its non-conference scheduled against URI on Tuesday, the Huskies will host the UCF Knights in the final weekend of the regular season. Currently, the Huskies check in in seventh place in The American standings, needing just one more victory to secure a berth in the conference tournament.