Twinbill Scheduled for Norwich

The Connecticut baseball team returns home this weekend in search of more consistent pitching and hoping to make a move in the Big East Conference standings. The Huskies have a three-game series scheduled against Cincinnati, starting with a Saturday doubleheader at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

The Huskies (24-20 overall) fell into a three-way tie for second place in the Big East last weekend when they lost two out of three at Louisville. South Florida, UConn and Louisville are jammed up with 12-6 records in conference play. Cincinnati (13-33) was swept by Rutgers last weekend and dropped to 2-16 in the Big East.

UConn snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over Louisville in the final game of the three-game set. In that four-game skid, the Huskies were outscored 41-7 and were shutout twice. Right-handed reliever Scott Oberg has been UConn's most reliable pitcher, with a 5-0 record, a 1.48 earned run average and six saves.

Lead-off hitter Billy Ferriter is leading the Huskies with a .356 average. He has scored 35 runs and has 20 stolen bases. Second baseman LJ Mazzilli is in a home run drought but still leads the team with nine despite not hitting a homer since April 15 at St. John's. Mazzilli also leads UConn with 39 runs, 33 RBI and 14 doubles.

The Huskies have played just 10 games at home this season.

Saturday's doubleheader at Dodd Stadium begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5. The series wraps up Sunday with a single game in Storrs at noon.

In addition to 91.7 FM WHUS and WHUS.org, Saturday's action can be streamed on WTIC.com with Joe D'Ambrosio, play-by-play voice of UConn football and men's basketball, calling the action.

PAVONE HONORED FOR ACADEMICS

UConn redshirt-senior catcher Joe Pavone has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 Team, recognizing the region's top student-athletes in baseball. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-District ® Baseball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One became the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs in 2011.

Pavone, a catcher from Rochester, N.Y. who sat out the 2011 season due to a torn ACL, will graduate from Connecticut with a master's degree in accounting and a 3.45 grade point average. He is currently batting .290 with 18 RBI, while serving as a team captain in his final season for the Huskies.

District 1 consists of universities from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.


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