June 3, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Connecticut baseball team dropped a 13-1 decision to Coastal Carolina on Friday afternoon in the Huskies' first game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson, S.C.
In its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, UConn (41-18-1) tallied one run on nine hits, while giving up 13 runs and 18 hits to Coastal Carolina (42-18).
UConn's starting hurler; Matt Barnes (11-4) gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in 4.1 innings of work. He walked three and struck out six in his fourth loss of the season. With six strikeouts, Barnes' career tally improves to 241, second all-time on UConn's career leaderboard. He is now just two shy of Ed Baird's (1966-68) all-time record of 243.
LJ Mazzilli finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Huskies, while Mike Nemeth and Tim Martin both added two-hit performances.
The Chanticleers took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning before scoring two in the third and four in the fourth to extend its lead to 7-0.
Taylor Motter singled to start a two-out rally in the fourth for the Chanticleers. Hayes Orton recorded his 12th bunt single of the year before Coastal Carolina loaded the bases on Barnes' 15th hit batter. Tripp Martin extended CCU's lead with a two-run single to left center as his team went ahead 3-0. Despite giving up two runs in the frame, Barnes struck out the side, improving his tally in the game to five.
Coastal Carolina added four runs on five hits in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead led by a Tommy La Stella home run, his 12th of the season. La Stella added his 13th of the year in the top of the ninth inning.
UConn's lone run of the game came in the bottom of the seventh as LJ Mazzilli singled up the middle to score Martin from second base.
The Chanticleers tallied back-to-back three-run frames in the eighth and ninth to take a 13-1 lead. UConn threw three pitchers out of the bullpen as Will Jolin went 2.2 innings, while giving up two hits. Both Ryan Moore and Michael Zaccardo allowed three runs in the contest.
Coastal Carolina's Anthony Meo allowed nine hits and one earned run in 6.1 innings of work in his 10th win of the season. He struck out seven batters as well.
UConn will return to action on Saturday as they will play the loser of tonight's 7:00 p.m. match-up between host and top-seeded Clemson and fourth seeded Sacred Heart. Saturday's game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.