Feb. 28, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Sophomore George Springer hit his first home run of the season as the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Indiana 9-5 in its final game of the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday morning.
Springer, who now has 17 career home runs, put the Huskies up early in the bottom of the first inning against the Hoosiers as his first homer of the year came right after fellow classmate Nick Ahmed drew a walk with one out.
Springer's blast sparked a five-run opening inning for the Huskies as they recorded five runs on four hits and were helped by three base on balls given up by Indiana starter, Matt Igel, In the frame, freshman LJ Mazzilli tripled to right center to score two, giving UConn a 4-0 advantage before redshirt-freshman Billy Ferriter picked up his first career RBI on his first career hit with a single to right.
The Huskies added another run in the second as Springer forced a four-pitch walk before scoring on a Mike Nemeth RBI single through the right side of the infield. Indiana got on the board in the top of the fourth with two runs on two hits and one UConn error.
Bob Van Woert, who made his 17th career start on the mound for the Huskies, went 4.0 complete innings, allowing four hits and two runs, while striking out two opponents. Sophomore Matt Barnes came in for Van Woert in the top of the fifth and struck out six in 2.2 innings of work. Barnes earned the win in today's contest, putting him at 1-0 on the year. Barnes gave up just one hit and one run to the Hoosiers and retired the side in his first inning thrown, which included striking out the first two batters he faced.
UConn added three runs in the bottom of the fifth as Nemeth and junior Mike Olt hit back-to-back singles with no outs. Mazzilli was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Ferriter picked up his second RBI of the game by forcing a two-out walk.
Junior Pierre LePage followed with a single to center to score two for the Huskies. Indiana scored one more run in the sixth inning and two in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Huskies recorded their second straight victory of the weekend with the 9-5 victory.
Ted Hurvul also threw for the Huskies in today's action as he went 1.1 innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out one. Michael Zaccardo closed out the game for the Huskies in his first career game as he allowed three hits and two earned runs before striking out two.
Nemeth finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Mazzilli added two runs and two RBI. Springer finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
UConn will return to action on Friday, March 5 as they travel to Cal State Northridge to take on the Matadors in a four-game series during the first weekend of the month of March. Live stats will be available for all four contests at UConnHuskies.com.