The UConn Huskies came from eighth seed to tournament champions, as they won the final Big East Baseball tournament in Clearwater, Florida. They defeated Notre Dame 8-1 in the championship game, after losing three straight to Notre Dame during the regular season.
The Huskies, who lost 11 of their last 12 regular-season games, defeated Louisville, USF and Rutgers in the tournament to advance to the conference championship. Four Huskies were named to the all-tournament team.
Captain Billy Ferriter was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He was 2-5 Sunday, 9-15 for the tournament.
Freshman third baseman Vinny Siena had four hits on Sunday. L.J. Mazilli had a two-run homer in the first to get the Huskies off on the right foot, then Tom Verdi’s two-run triple in the third pushed the score to 6-0.
UConn pitcher Anthony Marzi threw a complete game four-hitter, striking out six and throwing 116 pitches.
The Huskies advance to the NCAA tournament. Their matchup in the tournament will be announced at 5:30 Monday afternoon. It’s the 18th NCAA tournament trip for UConn, their third in four years. And while it’s the third Big East tournament championship since 1994, it’s the first since 1994 when current Coach Jim Penders was captain of the team.