May 20, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Blake Davey, Max McDowell and Bobby Melley each earned First Team All-Conference honors and were joined by Third Team member Anthony Marzi in earning year-end conference honors, The American Athletic Conference announced at the opening ceremonies of the Baseball Championship on Tuesday night.
The conference honors mark the first All-Conference nods for each of the four Huskies, and gives UConn a First Team member for the sixth consecutive season. The Huskies three First Team selections marked the second highest total in the league, trailing Louisville's four. Melley (Barnstable, Mass.) was named to NCAA Blacksburg Regional All-Regional Team a year ago, while Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) earned a spot on the Big East All-Tournament team.
Davey (Newport Beach, Calif.) earned an outfield spot on the All-Conference first team after bursting onto the scene in his first year in Storrs. The Cypress College transfer leads UConn with 10 home runs in 2014, most for any Husky since George Springer hit 12 in 2011. His 10 long balls are good for second in The American, as is his .524 slugging percentage. Davey's .456 on-base percentage is third in the conference, thanks in part to his .319 average (second on UConn) and league-high 18 hit-by-pitches. The junior is third in conference and among the top-100 nationally with 46 runs scored.
The first team All-Conference catcher, McDowell (North Huntingdon, Pa.) has bounced back from an early-season slump to become one of the most productive members of the Connecticut lineup. The sophomore backstop is fourth on UConn with a .277 batting average, which ramps up to .306 in conference play and .413 with runners in scoring position. He is second on UConn with 33 RBIs in addition to his nine doubles, one triple and one home run. McDowell also holds a .373 on-base percentage and has struck out only 17 times in 173 at bats. Behind the plate, he has thrown out 15-for-49 would-be base stealers.
Melley's nod on the first team comes during a season in which is leading The American in batting average (.360), hits (72) and on-base percentage (.478). The first baseman is also among the top-three in the conference in slugging percentage (.510), RBIs (45), doubles (16) and total bases (102). The sophomore slugger has 21 multi-hit games in 2014, including 11 contests of at least three hits. Overall, he has hit safely in 40 of 55 games and reached base in all but six outings. Melley has also hit the first four home runs of his career this year and has 13 multi-RBI performances, thanks in part to a .373 average with runners in scoring position.
The final All-Conference nod goes to Marzi, who has established himself as one of the conference's premiere starting pitchers during his final year in Storrs. Despite a 5-6 record, the southpaw holds a 2.81 ERA in a league-high 14 starts, during which he is holding opponents to a .217 batting average against. That mark is sixth in the conference, and Marzi is also seventh in the league with 89.2 innings pitched and 66 strikeouts. During his senior year has etched his name into the UConn record books, currently sitting in second place all-time with 296.1 innings and fifth in UConn history with 214 strikeouts.
UConn's four All-Conference performers return to the diamond with the rest of the Huskies tomorrow morning for the start of pool play at The American Championship. Connecticut, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, will take on No. 2 seed UCF at 11 a.m., with Marzi scheduled to take the ball for the Huskies.