Huskies Defeat Pitt, Hourigan Hurls His Sixth Complete Game of the Season



    PITTSBURGH, PA (May 15) — Senior first baseman Marc Peluso (Pawcatuck, CT) hit his third home run of the season and second in as many games to lift the Huskies over league leading Pittsburgh 3-1 at Trees Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. With the victory, the Huskies snap the Panthers’ seven game winning streak and improve to 23-25-1 on the season, 7-14 in BIG EAST play. The Panthers slip to 35-13 overall, 15-6 in the loop.

    Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader was postponed. The two sides will play two on Sunday beginning at noon in Pittsburgh.

    Junior Jeff Hourigan (Beacon Falls, CT) hurled his sixth complete game of the season, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while fanning five. Jeff Evangelista was the hard-luck loser for Pitt. Evangelista went the full seven and allowed three runs on only two hits.

    Peluso’ homer came in the third. After Dave Tokarz (Seymour, CT) was hit by a pitch to lead off the third, Peluso hit a shot over the left center field fence to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. Kyle Messineo (Cedar Grove, NJ) hit a sac fly that scored Larry Day (Amesbury, MA) in the second.

    Hourigan struggled to close the door on Pitt in the seventh. After getting Nick Rybczak to ground out to short, Hourigan gave up three consecutive walks to David Cline, Ben Copeland, and Bryan Spamer. Cline would come around to score on a sac fly by P.J. Hiser but Hourigan got Tom Cashman, the Panthers’ cleanup hitter, to fly out to left.

    Peluso went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored and Russ D’Argento (Marlboro, MA) got the only other hit for the Huskies when he led off the game with a double.