Feb. 20, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The UConn baseball team combined for 11 runs in the second and third innings to cruise to a 16-9 win over Michigan on Sunday afternoon in its final game of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.
Nick Ahmed had another stellar outing as he finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Billy Ferriter tallied three RBI and two runs on a 2-for-4 outing, while both Mike Nemeth and George Springer added two RBI apiece.
UConn put runs on the scoreboard in five straight innings to cruise to its first victory of the season. Both teams registered 16 hits apiece, while Michigan committed four errors on the afternoon.
The Huskies put six runs on the board in the second inning on two hits and two Michigan errors. LJ Mazzilli started things off with a double down the left field line before Ryan Fuller and Mike Friel loaded the bases on a hit by pitch and a walk. Ferriter was also given a free pass to first on a walk to record his first RBI of the day before a fielder's choice scored Fuller to extend the Huskies' lead.
Ahmed tallied an RBI in the inning as he was also hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Springer followed with a RBI single to score two Huskies and give UConn a 6-0 lead.
Fuller led off the third inning with a walk before Friel put runners on the corners with a single. Ferriter tallied another RBI on a bunt single before Ahmed hit his second double of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge to tack on two more runs for the Huskies. UConn registered five runs in the frame.
UConn scored twice in the fourth to extend its advantage to 13-2 led by Ahmed and
Ferriter, who both picked up an RBI in the inning.
Greg Nappo made the start for the Huskies on the mound and went four innings as he allowed seven hits, four runs and five walks, while striking out three. After allowing a leadoff double and walking his fifth batter of the day, Nappo came out of the game as Will Join took over on the hill.
Jolin went on to take the win, for his first as a Husky, as he went two innings, allowing one hit while striking out three. Jolin forced a groundout and recorded his first strikeout of the season before allowing a two-RBI single to Michigan's Garrett Stephens. He was able to get out of the inning a batter later. The Guilford, Conn. native retired the side in the sixth on two strikeouts and a fly out before coming out of the game.
Pat Butler and Stephen Catalina both made their first appearances on the mound for the Huskies in 2011 as Catalina went 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. Butler registered two outs in the seventh before Catalina came into the game. The sophomore allowed six hits and four runs.
Kevin Vance closed out the game for the Huskies as he threw the ninth, allowing one hit and one run before striking out his second batter of the frame to end the game. Michigan's Brandon Sinnery took the loss as he went 1.2 innings, allowing six runs, one earned, and three walks. Michigan threw seven pitchers in today's contest as well.
The Huskies will return to action on Friday, Feb. 25 in Corpus Christi, Texas as they will face Oregon State at 3:00 p.m. (EST) as part of the College Classic at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.