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Four Former UConn Players Sign Professional Baseball Contracts

STORRS, Conn. (June 19, 2007) — Former University of Connecticut baseball standouts Mike Tarsi (Danbury, Conn.), Dennis Donovan (Center Moriches, N.Y.), Larry Day (Amesbury, Mass.) and Josh Farkes (Boston, Mass.) have each recently agreed to terms and signed professional baseball contracts, adding their names to the long list of UConn baseball players who have gone on to play baseball professionally. 

Tarsi, a left-handed pitcher who served as UConn’s starting pitcher in each of the Huskies’ opening games of BIG EAST series, was recently selected in the 12th round by the Minnesota Twins in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  Tarsi is currently the property of the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League who will open the season Tuesday evening against the Kingsport Mets.  Tarsi finished his junior season at UConn with a 6-4 overall record and a 3.70 earned run average.  He was the winning pitcher in the Huskies’ BIG EAST Tournament victory over Pittsburgh. 

Day, drafted by the New York Yankees in the 50th round, recently reported to Tampa, Fla., to participate in extended spring training with the Gulf Coast Yankees.  A four-year starter and a preseason All-BIG EAST selection prior to his senior season, Day finished his career at UConn with a .297 batting average with 109 RBIs and four home runs.

Donovan recently agreed to terms with the Kansas City Royals and is currently at the club’s developmental complex in Surprise, Ariz.  Serving as team captain during his senior season, Donovan completed his career at UConn boasting a .311 batting average with 118 RBIs and 14 home runs.  As a senior, Donovan paced the club in batting average (.333), hits (83), home runs (9) and RBIs (46). 

Farkes, the eighth Husky in the last two years to sign a professional contract, signed on with the Worcester Tornadoes, managed by former Boston Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman, of the Can-Am League.  Farkes is currently hitting .500 for the Tornadoes after going 2-for-4 with a double in his season debut.  Farkes becomes the second Husky to sign with the Tornadoes in as many years as former Husky standout Austin Wasserman also inked with the club in 2006.  Wasserman went on to join the Can-Am’s Nashau Pride and is currently hitting .322 with five RBIs, five doubles and one home run. 

“We’re really happy for Mike, Larry, Dennis, Josh and all of their families,” head coach Jim Penders said.  “Each of them had an outstanding career at UConn and we look forward to following their professional careers.”