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Bulldogs Blanked by UConn

Josh Scharff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Josh Scharff. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Huskies' Pitching Trio Limits Bulldogs' Bats to Just 3 Hits


STORRS, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team was held without a hit through the first five innings of its game against in-state rival Connecticut and managed just three hits in total in an 8-0 defeat to UConn on Wednesday at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs.

UConn used four two-run innings to pull out the victory. The Huskies jumped on top in the opening frame when Billy Ferriter led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk and scored when L.J. Mazzilli belted a two-run home run with just one out. Alex DeBellis followed with a single, but the Bulldogs escaped further trouble when Yale starter Christopher O'Hare induced an inning-ending double play.

The score remained 2-0 in favor of the Huskies until they broke through again with two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth. In the fifth inning, Ryan Moore led off with a single and Ferriter walked to lead off the inning. Tom Verdi followed with an RBI infield single to score Moore, and Ferriter scored an unearned run on an infield error to put UConn ahead 4-0.

In the sixth inning, the Huskies used an RBI double from Eric Yavarone and an RBI single from Jon Testani to tack on two more runs for a 6-0 lead.

Testani and Ferriter each drove in a run in the eighth inning to secure the 8-0 win for the Huskies.

Eight players had hits for the Huskies (7-11). Testani went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Huskies. Yavarone also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Joe Pavone added two hits.

Pat Butler (1-2) started the game for the Huskies and allowed all three Yale hits in seven scoreless innings. He also struck out six Yale batters and walked two.

Cale Hanson, Josh Scharff and Chris Piwinski each had a hit for the Bulldogs (4-11-1). O'Hare falls to 1-2 after allowing the two first-inning runs in his only inning of work.

Yale will return home on Friday to host another in-state rival, the University of Hartford, for a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. at Yale Field. The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Sunday, but the weather forecast for Sunday forced Yale to move the games to Friday.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity