Louisville Next for Huskies

Connecticut has an opportunity to make some noise in the Big East baseball championship tournament Thursday night. The Huskies, who defeated South Florida 7-2 in the first round Wednesday night, play No. 1 seed Louisville in a winners'bracket game in Clearwater, Fla., at 8 p.m.

NOTE: Due to a weather delay Thursday night, the UConn-Louisville game has been postponed to 11 a.m. Friday.

UConn (30-25-1) is the No. 5 seed. Anthony Marzi (2-8), perhaps the most hard luck pitcher in college baseball, will be looking for some run support as the starting pitcher for the Huskies against Louisville.

Against USF, the Huskies took advantage of two errors by the Bulls in the first inning. and then put the game away with three runs in the eighth inning.

David Fischer (5-6) went 6.2 innings to get the win in the opener. He struck out four, walked two and scattered eight hits. Closer Scott Oberg entered the game with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth. He recorded a strikeout and then pitched a scoreless ninth.

"I thought Fischer did a really good job," UConn coach Jim Penders said. "They were swinging early in the count and he got a lot of outs quick. He was right around 100 pitches so, who knows, maybe if we can stick around a while he may have another chance to pitch."

Centerfielder Billy Ferriter was 2-for-4 for UConn with two runs scored in the leadoff position. Third baseman Ryan Fuller was 2-for-5 with two RBI.

"Billy creates so much for us," Penders said. "To get a run without a hit in the first inning was playing with a little house money when we get a lead. We haven't had many leads lately."

Thursday's game against Louisville can be heard on WTIC.com, WTIC-HD 2, and WHUS-91.7 FM. The entire tournament is being streamed live online at www.bigeastbaseball.com.

Rutgers was the first team eliminated with a 9-0 loss to Notre Dame Thursday afternoon. No. 2 seed St. John's remained in the winners' bracket with a 6-3 win over Seton Hall. St. John's is off until Saturday. Seton Hall meets Notre Dame at 3 p.m. Friday. No. 7 Pitt and No. 4 USF met in the early evening game.


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