Matt Barnes earned his first win of the season on Sunday.
March 6, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Matt Barnes earned his first win of the season as the No. 22 Huskies defeated No. 14 Cal 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Barnes (1-2) picked up his 14th career victory as he went 7.1 innings, allowing four hits and three walks. The junior allowed one run, which was not earned, while striking out six batters to improve UConn's overall record to 4-4 this season. With the loss, the nationally-ranked Cal Golden Bears drop to 6-4 on the year.
UConn went ahead 1-0 in the third inning as sophomore Billy Ferriter scored his fourth run of the season. Ferriter was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning then stole second to get into scoring position. Mike Friel singled and advanced to third on a Bears' throwing error, while Ferriter was able to score on the error as well.
In the seventh inning, UConn extended its lead as sophomore LJ Mazzilli led off the inning with a double to left field. After hitting his team-leading third double of the season, Mazzilli was able to score on an RBI single by junior Ryan Fuller. Fuller scored the Huskies' second run of the frame, his fifth run scored of the season.
Barnes recorded one out in the eighth inning before sophomore Dan Feehan took over on the hill. Barnes hit Cal's Tony Renda to lead off the inning before a double by Chadd Krist moved Renda to third. The Huskies' lone error of the contest scored Renda from third to cut the UConn lead to two.
Feehan faced two batters and retired both as he forced a groundout to short before tallying his second strikeout of the season. Kevin Vance closed out the game for the Huskies in the ninth as he picked up his ninth career save and his first of the year. Despite giving up a lead-off double, Vance bounced back and retired the next three batters to secure the victory for the Huskies.
Fuller led the Huskies with a 2-for-3 performance, while he added one run and one RBI.
Cal's Kevin Miller (1-1) went six innings in the loss as he allowed five hits and two earned runs, while striking out five.
The Huskies return to action on Monday in a 5:00 p.m. (EST) match-up with San Diego.