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Clearwater, Fla. — Anthony Marzi pitched a four-hitter as UConn completed its improbable run with an 8-1 win over Notre Dame Sunday in the championship game of the Big East Conference baseball tournament.
UConn (34-26), the eighth and final seed, won the tournament for the third time (1990, 1994) and now advance to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the last four seasons. Notre Dame (34-24) was the seventh seed.
Marzi (5-6) struck out six and walked two in his third complete game of the season. He was pitching on just two days after starting Thursday's game against South Florida and lasting just three-and-a-third innings and giving up four runs. Sunday, he threw 116 pitches, retired the Irish in order four times in nine innings and didn't face more than five batters in any inning.
UConn had a combined regular season record of 1-11 against the four teams it beat this week to win the championship.
UConn senior centerfielder Billy Ferriter was named the winner of the Jack Kaiser Award, as the tournament most valuable player. Joining Ferriter on the all-tournament team were teammates Tom Verdi, former Bacon Academy standout David Mahoney and Marzi.
L.J. Mazzilli hit a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the first to give UConn all the runs it would need. Vinny Siena was 4-for-5, Verdi had three hits and two RBI and Bobby Melley had two hits for UConn.