Andrew Zapata dominated in-state rival Fairfield over seven shutout innings leading UConn to a 7-0 victory Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Diamond. The victory brings the Huskies to 23-13 on the season. The Stags drop to 7-21.
Zapata has been on fire lately. He tied his season high with seven innings and allowed only four hits with one walk and five strikeouts. The sophomore did not allow a baserunner with less than two outs throughout his outing. Zapata improved to 3-0 on the season, while outdueling Fairfield’s Brian Dube. Zapata is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 10 strikeouts against three walks in his last two starts.
Coach Jim Penders shuffled the lineup Tuesday and it paid off. Aaron Hill, getting a start at shortstop, paced the Huskies’ offense. Hill got the offense started in the top of the third with a double. He then stole third before being knocked in on an RBI groundout from Vinny Siena. Hill went 3-for-4, scored a run and drove another in. Siena went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Siena has now reached safely in 27 consecutive games.
In the fourth, UConn manufactured two runs. Bryan Daniello had an RBI groundout, followed by an RBI single from Hill to make it a 3-0 game.
Blake Davey helped to scratch out another run in the fifth, driving in Siena with a fielder’s choice. UConn put up two more runs getting clutch two-out hitting in the top of the sixth. Jack Sundberg and Siena both ripped RBI singles with two away to make it a 6-0 game.
Penders pulled Zapata after the seventh and handed the ball to Samuel Nepiarsky, who tossed a clean eighth. Siena doubled and scored in the top of the ninth to make it a seven run lead. Callahan Brown made his second appearance of the season in the bottom of the ninth. He worked around a one-out single to close the contest, securing the 7-0 win for UConn. The Huskies are now 58-14-1 all-time against Fairfield.
Up next, UConn heads to Rhode Island to take on the Bryant Bulldogs on Wednesday. Bryant is 10-15 on the season and is coming off a four game split with Central Connecticut. Matt Albanese is tops on the Bulldogs with a .354 average with five home runs and 19 RBIs, while Cole Fabio is batting .341 on the year.