UConn baseball hosts annual Alumni Game
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 23:09
As self-proclaimed “Dead Men Walking,” the bottom-seeded Connecticut Huskies shocked collegiate baseball last spring leaving Clearwater, Fl. the improbable champions of the final Big East Tournament. Five months later they remain at work. Practicing six out of seven days a week, the current group of Huskies look to follow in the footsteps of last year’s squad with ambitions of repeating last May’s success–success that was years in the making.
On Sept. 22, UConn Baseball hosted their annual Alumni Game at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs. The players who currently don the hooked “C” faced off against alumni who once walked the same path. Although the current group of Huskies defeated their elders 9-0, the game stood for more than a simple scrimmage.
Redshirt Junior RHP Carson Cross–whose 2.44 ERA in 2013 made him the 24th round pick of the Pirates in this year’s draft–offered his perspective on a day that blended past and present. “Coach Penders talks about the program as a family, we don’t use the word family lightly. This is the fourth alumni game I’ve been a part of and that becomes clearer each year,” Cross said. He struck out the side allowing no hits in his one inning pitched.
Senior LHP Anthony Marzi–who tossed two scoreless innings in the exhibition–said about Sunday’s festivities, “Once you finish playing here everybody goes different ways. Some play pro ball, others get real jobs… this game gives you a chance to catch up. It shows you how deep the program’s tradition really is.”
Perhaps redshirt Junior RHP Jordan Tabakman, summarized the day best. “It’s an honor. It’s the first time this year we get to play against someone other than our own teammates so you want to compete and win. But it’s also special to play against former players who led us to where we are today. Seeing the number of guys that come back to play and help us get better is incredible. It goes to show how special our program is.”