Greg Nappo earned his second straight win of the season.
March 7, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 19 UConn baseball team recorded 21 hits, led by four-hit performances from Doug Elliot, Mike Nemeth and George Springer as the Huskies shutout San Diego 17-0 on Monday for their fourth-straight victory of the season.
Elliot finished the contest with a 4-for-4 effort, while six Huskies (5-4) had multiple-hit outings. Elliot and Springer both recorded four RBI on the afternoon as Springer went 4-for-5 with five runs and his second home run of the season. Nemeth hit his 58th career double in the contest as he added a 4-for-6 outing with four runs scored and an RBI.
Greg Nappo was solid on the mound for the Huskies in his third start of the season as he combined for his second straight shutout. He threw six innings, allowing just two hits and three walks. He also struck out three Toreros (3-7). Pat Butler had a strong seventh inning for the Huskies as he retired all three batters faced.
Ryan Moore took over on the hill for UConn in the eighth and allowed a single to left before forcing Kevin Muno to ground into a double play. Stephen Catalina closed out the game for the Huskies as he allowed one hit and struck out one in an inning of work.
UConn registered runs in six innings, led by a seven-run seventh inning.
Mazzilli also had a solid day as he went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. The sophomore finished the contest with a double and a triple as well. Billy Ferriter and Mike Friel chipped in with one RBI apiece, while Ryan Fuller finished the day with two hits and three RBI with help from a seventh-inning double to extend UConn's lead to 16-0.
To begin the day, UConn struck early in the first inning with back-to-back two-out doubles by Nemeth and Springer to put the Huskies on the board. In the third, UConn tallied four runs on three hits and one San Diego error. Nick Ahmed reached base on a fielder's choice then stole both second and third to get into scoring position. He later scored on an RBI single by Nemeth. After both Springer and Mazzilli were hit by pitches, Elliot hit a bases-clearing double into left center to give UConn a 5-0 lead.
In the fifth, Springer walked for the sixth time this season before scoring from first on Mazzilli's team-leading fourth double of the year. The sophomore later scored on Elliot's third hit of the ballgame to extend the Huskies' lead to seven.
UConn added two runs in the fifth and seven in the sixth to take a commanding 14-0 lead. During the frames, Mazzilli tripled, Springer doubled and Elliot recorded his fourth hit of the ballgame. The Huskies combined for 11 hits in the two innings.
The Huskies held San Diego to just four hits on the afternoon and forced the Toreros to use seven pitchers in the contest. Starting hurler Chris Jenson took the loss to drop to 0-3 on the year as he allowed six hits and five runs in 2.2 innings of work.
The Huskies will face UC-Irvine on Tuesday night in Irvine, Calif. in their next contest. First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. (EST).