Feb. 26, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The University of Connecticut baseball team fell to Northwestern University 6-5 in 10 innings in the Huskies' 2010 season opener in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Fla. on Friday afternoon.
UConn (0-1) used a four-run fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead before the Wildcats battled back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning. UConn tied the contest at 5-5 in the top of the seventh but in the end, Northwestern (1-4) scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI single to center field.
Elliot Glynn started on the hill for the Huskies in the season opener as he went 5.0 innings, allowing five hits and one earned run. The junior struck out five batters and only walked one. Northwestern's Joe Muraski started for the Wildcats as he went 6.1 innings, giving up seven hits and five earned runs before coming out of the game.
Northwestern scored first in today's ballgame as Zach Morton led off the third inning with a single to center then moved to third on a single by Trevor Stevens. Arby Fields picked up Northwestern's third consecutive base hit of the frame with an RBI single through the left side of the infield as Morton scored to put the Wildcats up 1-0.
UConn answered in the top of the fifth as freshman LJ Mazzilli led off the inning with a triple down the right field line. Joe Pavone, who recorded UConn's first hit of the 2010 season back in the third inning, hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Mazzilli and tie the game at one.
With two outs in the same inning, the Huskies pulled together a rally to get three more runs as junior Pierre LePage picked up his first hit of the year with a single then advanced to second on a base hit by sophomore Nick Ahmed. 2009 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, George Springer, followed with his first multiple base hit of the season with a double down the left field line to score both LePage and Ahmed to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead. Springer scored as well on the play as he was able to get to third on the relay throw home and then scored on a throwing error by the Wildcats' third baseman to extend the Huskies' lead.
Senior Trent DeLazzer came out of the bullpen for the Huskies in the sixth inning and gave up four hits and four earned runs in 0.2 innings of work before sophomore Scott Oberg took the mound for the Huskies.
Oberg pitched 3.1 innings of work for UConn as he allowed no runs and just one hit, while striking out four batters.
Redshirt-freshman Ryan Thompson took the hill in the bottom of the 10th inning and gave up a leadoff single on a 3-2 pitch to Northwestern's Paul Snieder. Snieder went to second on a sacrifice bunt before UConn intentionally walked Hamilton Wise. After Geoff Rowen earned the second out of the inning on a fly out to left field, Snieder was able to score on a Morton single into center to end the game.
Ahmed, Pavone and Mazzilli each finished the afternoon with two hits, while Springer added one run, one hit and three RBI. Pavone also added an RBI.
Northwestern's Michael Jahns earned the win to move to 1-1 on the season as he finished the game out for the Wildcats in the top of the 10th. Thompson was given the loss.