March 9, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – The
Sophomore lefty Brian Ward (
After two quiet innings, the Huskies regained the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth, all coming with two outs. Sophomore shortstop Tom Verdi (
In the eighth, UConn continued to produce runs with two outs as it lifted its lead to 7-3. Mazzilli led-off with a walk, but was erased by a line drive double play hit into by Fuller. With two outs, Verdi singled and scored on a double by Pavone and Pavone crossed home on a base knock to center by freshman designated hitter Alex DeBellis (
The Huskies weren’t prepared to settle for seven runs and added an eighth and final run in the top of the ninth. Junior right fielder Ryan Moore (
The Sooner offense began to attack the
Senior shortstop Caleb Bushyhead singled off Oberg on a groundball to third and loaded the bases for freshman catcher Hunter Lockwood. Lockwood entered the weekend with five homeruns and 15 RBI, but was held hitless in five at-bats and was struck out by Oberg, his fourth strikeout of the game, to represent the second out of the inning.
The next batter, senior left fielder Evan Mistich, brought OU within one run with a two-run single to center and Bushyhead stood just 90 feet away from scoring the game-tying run. Oberg needed to retire just one more batter to end the game and he did so with a groundball out to Mazzilli to claim his second save of the season.
Junior right-handed relievers Will Jolin (
While it was the first match-up between the two schools, UConn improved to 10-3 in West Coast trips over the last three seasons.
The Huskies make the trip to