Nov. 18, 2011
STORRS, Conn. – University of Connecticut baseball coach Jim Penders has announced that the team has voted seniors Ryan Fuller, Tim Martin, Joe Pavone and junior Billy Ferriter captains for the upcoming 2012 season.
“Billy, Ryan, Tim, and Joe can all lead in different ways and I look forward to see how they do so in continuing our success in 2012,” stated Penders. “Their teammates have not bestowed a title as much as they have issued them a challenge with an even deeper responsibility to our program and its climb.”
Fuller, a third baseman from Old Lyme, Conn., joined the club last season after playing for two years at UConn-Avery Point. He batted .316 in his first season for the Huskies and scorched a team-leading 27 doubles and finished second on the team with 58 RBI.
Martin, an infielder from Stratford, Conn., came on strong as a designated hitter for UConn in his junior year. After playing sparingly for his first two seasons, he broke out for a .298 average and knocked in 29 runs.
Pavone, a catcher from Rochester, N.Y., returns for his fifth season with the Huskies after missing 2011 due to an injury. He enters his final season at Connecticut with a career .281 batting average. In 2010, he hit a career-high five home runs and drove in 20, while collecting a career-high 24 RBI in 2009.
Ferriter, an outfielder from Nashua, N.H.
, played leftfield and hit .284 at the plat as a sophomore. He was one of five players with at least 45 runs scored and was fourth on the team with 16 stolen bases.
Last season, UConn claimed its first BIG EAST regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in program history. Overall, the Huskies posted a record of 45-20-1.
The 2012 campaign gets underway in Florida for the Big Ten/BIG EAST challenge, beginning February 17, as UConn takes on Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State.