WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (March 9, 2009) - The University of Connecticut baseball team fell to Miami (Ohio) 4-2 in non-conference action of the RussMatt Invitational on Monday afternoon at Chain Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.
Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) recorded his team-leading sixth double of the season as he finished today's contest with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate.
Freshmen Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.) and George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) picked up some key numbers in today's ballgame as Vance hit his second double of the season and scored one run, while Springer recorded his third RBI of the year on a sacrifice fly.
Matt Burnett (Endicott, N.Y.) continued his hitting streak, recording an RBI single, to extend his streak to eight consecutive games. Burnett is now 13-for-33 on the year and has seven RBIs.
UConn scored first in today's contest as Burnett singled in Vance from third to go up 1-0 but the RedHawks tied the game at in the bottom of the inning after a walk was given up followed by a stolen base.
Miami added two more runs in the fourth inning as the RedHawks led off with back-to-back doubles and later scored. They added their fourth run in the fifth to go up 4-1 on two more doubles in the inning.
UConn tried to rally back but it was cut short with just one run as the RedHawks walked snuck away with the win. Springer's sacrifice fly in the seventh earned the Huskies their second run of the game.
Doug Jennings (Pompton Plains, N.J.) took the loss on the hill for the Huskies, falling to 0-1 on the season as he threw 4.0 innings and gave up three runs. David Fischer (Scotia, N.Y.) pitched 3.1 innings and allowed one run, while Dennis Accomando (Monroe, Conn.) finished out the game, allowing no runs.
Miami sophomore Tyler Melling recorded the win for the RedHawks, his first of the season.
The Huskies will face Bowling Green on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. at the Chain of Lakes Stadium for their third game of the RussMatt Invitational. Box scores and overall statistics will be updated as soon as possible.