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Baseball Earns First Victory of 2010 Season with 8-2 Win Over Minnesota

Feb. 27, 2010

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The UConn baseball team picked up its first victory of the 2010 season with an 8-2 win over Minnesota as part of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge on Saturday afternoon.

Greg Nappo had a solid outing for the Huskies in his first start of the season as he threw six innings, while allowing six hits and two earned runs. The redshirt-junior, who earned his first win of the year, also struck out three on the afternoon.

Freshman Dan Feehan took the mound in the seventh inning and had a successful UConn debut as he pitched two innings without allowing a hit or a run, while striking out three batters.

UConn (1-1) opened today's contest with two runs in the top of the first inning as Nick Ahmed hit his first multiple base hit with a double into left field. Junior Mike Olt reached on an error following Ahmed's first hit of the ballgame and advanced to second on the play as Ahmed scored UConn's first run.

Mike Nemeth's two-out single to left center scored Olt from second to give UConn an early two-run advantage.

Minnesota (2-3), a team that was ranked No. 30 last week, tied the game in the bottom of the first inning as Michael Kvasnicka recorded a two-run shot off Nappo in just the third batter faced by the UConn hurler.

UConn took the lead in the top of the fourth as Olt led off the inning with a base hit before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Nemeth, who led the Huskies in 2009 with 22 doubles - a UConn program single-season record - hit his first of the year to score Olt and put the Huskies up 3-2. Senior Matt Burnett followed with an RBI single up the middle to extend the UConn lead before LePage added an RBI single as well to give UConn a 5-2 advantage.

Feehan came into the game in the seventh inning and struck out his first career batter faced before sophomore Kevin Vance took the hill in the bottom of the ninth to close out the contest. Vance struck out the first two batters he faced before allowing one hit, closing out the game without allowing a run.

LePage finished the game with two RBI, while Nemeth went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI. John Andreoli added two hits and an RBI as well. Olt also had two hits for the Huskies, along with one RBI and two runs scored.

The Huskies return to action on Sunday, Feb. 28 against Indiana (2-4) at 10:00 a.m. in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sunday's game will be available on live audio and live stats by clicking here.