May 22, 2012
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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Four members of the University of Connecticut baseball team were honored as All-BIG EAST performers at the opening ceremony of the 2012 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field on Tuesday evening.
Juniors Billy Ferriter, LJ Mazzilli and Scott Oberg were each named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while senior Joe Pavone was named to the Third Team.
The awards were announced on the eve of the BIG EAST Championship, which begins on Wednesday as UConn takes on USF at 8:00 p.m. in the first round.
Ferriter, a redshirt-junior from Nashua, N.H., has played center field and batted leadoff for the Huskies this year and been one of the league's most dangerous hitters throughout the season. He ended the regular season with a .327 batting average and tied for the team-lead with 41 runs. Ferriter is also tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with 23 stolen bases.
Mazzilli, a junior from Greenwich, Conn., represents UConn on the First Team as an All-BIG EAST second baseman. A preseason All-BIG EAST selection this year and Second Team member a year ago, he has batted third all season and owns a .327 average, tied for the team-lead with 41 runs and driven in a team-high 41. Mazzilli has also slugged 18 doubles and nine home runs, fourth and fifth in the league, respectively.
Oberg, a redshirt-junior from Tewksbury, Mass., is the only relief pitcher on the All-BIG EAST First Team. A right-hander that took over as Connecticut's closer this season, entered the year after sitting out the entire 2011 season. Oberg has posted a 5-0 record and 1.09 earned run average in 33 innings pitched. He has also saved seven games and struck out 32 batters. After allowing three runs in his return to the diamond in February, Oberg was allowed just one earned run. In BIG EAST games only, he holds a league-low 0.33 ERA in 27.1 innings.
Pavone, a redshirt-senior from Rochester, N.Y., was named the All-BIG EAST Third Team catcher. After missing the entire 2011 season, the All-BIG EAST Preseason pick returned for a fifth season to captain the Huskies and is batting .246 in his final season for UConn. Pavone has hit three home runs and picked up 19 RBI in the regular season, while appearing in 43 games, starting 33 at catcher. Behind the dish, he has thrown out potential base stealers at a rate of .311 (14-45).
Rutgers' third baseman Patrick Kivlehan was named the Player of the Year, while Louisville pitcher Justin Amlung and Jared Ruxer took home the Pitcher and Rookie of the Year awards, respectively. St. John's head coach Ed Blankmeyer was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the fifth time.