Baseball Shutout By Connecticut, 9-0
March 22, 2005
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts (3-10) dropped its fourth straight game with a 9-0 loss to the University of Connecticut (12-4) this afternoon at Harbor Yard. The game was moved to Bridgeport due to poor field conditions in Storrs.
UMass was unable to cross the plate for the second straight contest as four UConn pitchers held the Minutemen to five hits. Husky pitching struck out 13 while not walking anyone.
UConn pushed across all of the runs it needed in the bottom of the first. After a leadoff walk and a Tony Mallozzi single, a fielder's choice moved the runners to first and third. Jeff Hourigan then doubled to right center, clearing the bases. Matt Karl stepped to the plate and smashed a triple to score Hourigan. The next batter, Russ D'Argento, flew out to center to score the final run of the inning.
Hourigan went 2-for-2 with three RBI for the Huskies while Mallozzi went 3-for-4.
In the bottom of the fourth, D'Argento walked to start the frame and stole second. Larry Day singled up the middle to plate D'Argento. Day reached second with a groundout to the shortstop. Consecutive singles by Austin Wasserman and Mallozzi scored Day to put UConn up 6-0.
The Huskies added a run in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings. Hourigan blasted a homer to left center in the fifth. In the sixth, Brian Maler singled in Mallozzi who reached on a bunt single. UConn capped the scoring in the eighth when Pat Mahoney scored on a wild pitch.
The Minutemen were only able to put one player in scoring position the entire game and that was in the eighth inning when freshman Brent Tarasuik (Lynn, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. He stole second and reached third courtesy of a throwing error by the catcher.
UMass open its Atlantic 10 slate this weekend when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on Xavier in a three-game set.
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