No Support for Marzi - Again

Last week, Connecticut baseball coach Jim Penders said he had never seen anything quite like the lack of run support pitcher Anthony Marzi has been given this season.

Well, now he has seen even more of it.

Marzi threw his second straight complete game and lost again Saturday night, as the Huskies fell to South Florida 3-0 in a Big East game in Tampa. Despite his outstanding outings, Marzi's record has fallen to 2-7.

Here's an account of Saturday's game, courtesy of the UConn's athletics communications office:

aTAMPA, Fla. – For the second straight game, the University of Connecticut starter pitched a complete game, but lost as the Husky baseball team fell to the University of South Florida, 3-0, Saturday night. UConn dropped to 27-23 overall and 14-9 in the BIG EAST, while the Bulls improved to 32-18 and 15-8.

Sophomore left-hander Anthony Marzi (Berlin, Conn.) pitched his second straight complete game and third of the season, following up a complete game by senior righty David Fischer (Scotia, N.Y.) on Friday night. The Huskies have failed to score in each of Marzi's last two starts. He tossed eight innings and gave up three runs, all in the fifth and only on earned, while scattering seven hits and striking out five and walking none as he dropped to 2-7 on the year.

USF has scored six runs this series, all of which have come in the fifth inning.

Senior catcher Andrew Longley picked up his second hit with a one-out double and went to third on a base hit by freshman shortstop Kyle Teaf. Longley came in with the first run on an infield single to second by freshman third baseman Zac Gilcrease. The inning was extended on an error by junior second baseman LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.), which loaded the bases and a second error at second brought in a pair of runs.

Senior first baseman Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) provided most of the Connecticut offense as he doubled twice, lifting his season total to 10, but was left stranded in scoring position on both occasions. Mazzilli reached base twice with a single and hit by pitch and successfully stole second both times, pushing his season total to 12.

The bottom of the Bull's order continued to produce as the six through nine batters combined to go 6-12, while Marzi held the top half to 1-20. Longley and Gilcrease each recorded a pair of hits for USF.

RHP Derrick Stultz (8-1) threw six shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out three LHP Nick Gonzalez picked up the save in a three-inning effort. He came on to face junior DH Stanley Paul (Stamford, Conn.) and inherited a 3-2 count from Stultz. Paul singled on the first pitch, but was erased on a groundball double play. Gonzalez threw just three pitches in the inning.

The Huskies have gone 16 straight innings without pushing across a run. UConn and USF will play the series finale Sunday at 1:00 pm.

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