May 5, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Despite early runs in the first and second, the University of Connecticut baseball team was unable to hold on as it fell to Rutgers, 4-2, for the second straight game, Sunday afternoon. The Huskies dropped to 28-21 overall and 9-12 in the BIG EAST, while the Scarlet Knights moved to 22-25 and 10-8.
UConn couldn’t touch the RU bullpen, part of a pitching staff that entered the weekend with a 4.70 earned run average, as the Huskies went hitless after the fourth inning. On the hill to start the game, both teams through its closer.
Connecticut grabbed the early lead in the first as junior shortstop Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) singled and scored from second on a base hit through the right side by senior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.). With runners on second and third and no outs, UConn failed to bring in another run as three straight freshmen recorded an out.
The Huskies scratched across a run in the second to extend the lead to 2-0. Senior right fielder Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.) walked to lead-off the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice, took third on a balk and scored on a RBI groundout by freshman third baseman Bryan Daniello (Norwalk, Conn.).
Redshirt-sophomore RHP Jordan Tabakman (Pompton Plains, N.J.) pitched into the sixth, in his third start of the season. He surrendered back-to-back singles to start the sixth before giving way to the bullpen. Both runners would come in to score on a sacrifice-fly by senior first baseman Charlie Law and a single through the left side by freshman shortstop John Jennings.
After the second pitching change of the inning, Rutgers took a 3-2 lead on another sac-fly, this one by freshman third baseman Matt Tietz to score junior center fielder Brian O’Grady, who singled earlier in the inning.
Tabakman allowed two runs on four hits and five walks, while striking out four. The loss went to senior righty Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.), who dropped to 2-4 in 0.1 innings of work. As a unit, the UConn pitching staff walked nine batters.
Senior lefty Rob Corsi (3-3) went six innings in just his second start of the season. He allowed five hits and walked three for two runs. Out of the pen, senior righty Tyler Gebler pitched three perfect innings to record the save.
The Huskies return to action after finals week for their final BIG EAST series of the season against Louisville at home on May 11 and 12.