Baseball: Mountaineers Fall to UConn

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 24, 2012 08:14 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Big innings continued to hurt the West Virginia baseball team as it fell to BIG EAST opponent Connecticut, 15-4, on Saturday evening at Hawley Field.

The Huskies outhit the Mountaineers 16-9 and received multiple-hit games from five of the starters in the lineup. Connecticut starter Anthony Marzi (1-4) pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts in his first win. Will Jolin earned the save for three innings of relief, allowing three hits and one run, while striking out two.

WVU quickly jumped on top during the first two innings after home runs from right fielder Brady Wilson and designated hitter Tyler Steele-Worsham to left field. Wilson’s was a leadoff homer in the first inning and his team-leading third of the season. Steele-Worsham’s two-out blast was the first of his career, putting the Mountaineers ahead 2-0.

Connecticut came up to the plate in the fourth inning and scored three runs on four hits to take the 3-2 lead, highlighted by a L.J. Mazzilli double down the left field line and a triple to right center field by Joe Pavone.

A mistake by the Connecticut third baseman Jon Testani allowed the Mountaineers to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame after he was unable to field a throw to third base by Marzi. WVU left fielder Matt Frazer doubled to right center and then scored as third baseman Justin Fox hit a ball to Marzi, who attempted to get the force out at third base, but Testani missed the ball and it went into left field. Frazer, who would have scored regardless, was interfered by Testani and given home plate.

Connecticut left the bases loaded in the fifth inning, but took the go-ahead lead as a fielding error by second baseman Billy Fleming allowed Billy Ferriter to score from second base.

The Huskies added two in the seventh, three in the eighth and six in the ninth to pad the lead to 15-4.

First baseman Ryan McBroom hit a monster shot for his second home run of the season in the eighth inning for WVU’s fourth and final run.

Left-hander Marshall Thompson (2-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in six innings. Thompson struck out two and walked a season-high six batters. Right-handed reliever Pen Nakazato came on in relief and struggled, allowing nine runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings, while striking out four and walking three. Lefty Eric Hinkle got the last two outs for WVU, striking out both batters.

Wilson and Steele-Worsham each had two hits for WVU, while the Huskies were led by three hits apiece from Ryan Fuller and Eric Yavarone.

The teams return to action tomorrow at noon for the series finale. Live stats and an audio stream will be available via MSNsportsNET.com, with the game also being broadcasted on WAJR 1440-AM.