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Baseball Announces 2012 Team Awards

Team MVP Scott Oberg.

Sept. 30, 2012

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STORRS, Conn. – University of Connecticut baseball coach Jim Penders announced the 2012 team awards at a ceremony prior to Sunday’s alumni game held at J.O. Christian Field.  Scott Oberg was honored with both the Lawrence R. Panciera MVP Award, as selected by the team, and the James Allen Pitching Award.

Oberg, a right-handed pitcher from Tewksbury, Mass., had a stellar junior season that concluded with him being selected in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft with the 468th overall pick by the Colorado Rockies.  Oberg signed with Colorado and had an All-Star caliber season for the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer League.

An All-BIG EAST First Team selection this season, Oberg posted a 5-0 record and nine saves, while striking out 36 batters in 36.1 innings of work.  He finished with a 0.99 earned run average to become the first UConn pitcher since 1976 to register a sub-1.00 ERA.

Oberg previously won the James Allen Pitching Award in 2010.  The James Allen Pitching Award is presented to the pitcher who, in the likes of James Allen, is accomplished, well-conditioned, a team player and a solid student.  He is the first pitcher to earn the team MVP award since Tim Norton in 2006 and the first relief pitcher since the award was instituted in 1981.  Oberg missed the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Left-handed pitcher David Mahoney was honored with the Donald “Dee” Rowe Scholar-Athlete Award, as chosen by the coaches.  Mahoney, a BIG EAST All-Academic Team honoree and geography major from Colchester, Conn., appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen and struck out 11 batters in 19 innings of relief.  He finished the season with a 1-0 record and 1.89 ERA.

This year’s Mrs. Mary Dropo Unsung Hero Award went to center field Billy Ferriter.  The Nashua, N.H. native earned the award presented to the player who does the little things that make the team a success, as decided by the coaches.  Ferriter was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team with a .319 batting average, 43 runs scored and 24 stolen bases.

The Hirschhorn Foundation Award, presented to the player who achieved exceptional mental toughness, overcame numerous setbacks and transformed adversity to opportunity, was awarded to Anthony Marzi.  A left-handed starting pitcher from Berlin, Conn., Marzi was the most consistent pitcher in the UConn rotation, starting 15 games with a 2.55 ERA.  He pitched three complete games, none of which were wins, and suffered through a 25-inning stretch without a run of support from his offense, leading up to the BIG EAST Championship.  Marzi won his final start of the season, allowing just one unearned run on four hits over 8.2 innings against top-seed Louisville in the BIG EAST quarterfinals.