March 9, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. - UC-Irvine scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth to slip past the Huskies 5-4 on Tuesday night in Irvine, Calif.
Trailing 3-0 after two innings, the Huskies (5-5) came from behind to tie the game at four in the eighth inning. UC-Irvine (9-1) answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring the go-ahead run on back-to-back doubles.
In its first loss in five games, UConn was led at the plate by Ryan Fuller who finished the night 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. LJ Mazzilli added his team-leading fifth double of the season, while Mike Nemeth went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
In the third inning, UConn cut the UC-Irvine lead to one as Nick Ahmed recorded an RBI single before George Springer tallied his second sacrifice fly of the year. After the Huskies tied the game at three in the top of the fourth, UC-Irvine answered in the bottom of the frame to take a one-run lead once again. For UConn, Fuller led off the inning with a base hit before stealing second and scoring on an RBI single by Doug Elliot.
UConn tied the game at four in the eighth inning as Nemeth scored on an RBI double to left by Fuller.
For the second time in the game, UC-Irvine matched the Huskies' production in a frame as the Anteaters scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning to eventually secure the non-conference victory.
UConn freshman Brian Ward earned his first start of the season as the Milford, Conn. native allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in three innings of work.
Will Jolin came out of the bullpen in his third appearance of the year as he held UC-Irvine hitless in three innings, while he struck out three as well. Jolin retired five straight batters before allowing his lone walk of the night.
Dave Fischer, who was UConn's third pitcher of the night, took the loss to drop to 1-1 on the year. Fischer threw one inning for the Huskies, allowing one hit and one run. Sophomore Dan Feehan came in for Fischer in the eighth as he walked one and allowed one hit before getting out of the inning. The Anteaters' Phillip Ferragamo (1-0) earned the win, while Brian Hernandez picked up his first save of the year.
The Huskies will take Wednesday off and return to action on Thursday, March 10 at San Diego. First pitch for that contest is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (EST).