Mazzilli Named Preseason Player of the Year

Mazzilli was named the Preseason Player of the Year.
Mazzilli was named the Preseason Player of the Year. UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Dec. 27, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Connecticut senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) was named the BIG EAST baseball preseason player of the year as voted on by the league’s coaches, Thursday afternoon.  In the preseason coaches’ poll, the Huskies were pegged fourth after a predicted third place finish a season ago.

In 2012, UConn finished fifth in the regular season with a 16-11 conference mark and went 31-27-1 overall including a pair of wins at the BIG EAST Championship in Clearwater, before falling to USF in the semifinals.

Mazzilli is the only player to represent the Huskies on the BIG EAST preseason team.  As a junior, he led UConn in almost every major offensive category; including batting average (.339), doubles (19), home runs (9), runs (43) and RBI (38).  In June, Mazzilli was drafted in the ninth round of the MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins with the 280th overall selection.  Last week, he was named a preseason All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball News.

2012 Preseason BIG EAST Baseball Coaches' Poll
1. Louisville (8) - 98
2. St. John's (3) - 82
3. Notre Dame - 81
4. Connecticut - 74
5. USF - 67
6. Seton Hall - 52
7. Pittsburgh - 46
8. Rutgers - 43
9. Cincinnati - 30
10. Georgetown - 18
11. Villanova - 14

Preseason Player of the Year
2B-LJ Mazzilli, Connecticut

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
RHP-Jon Prosinski, Seton Hall