Bob Van Woert started his first game of 2011 on Thursday.
March 10, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Bob Van Woert earned his 14th career win in his first start of 2011 as the No. 19 UConn Huskies defeated San Diego 6-4 on Thursday night in San Diego, Calif.
A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first plated San Diego's (3-8) only run in the first eight innings as Van Woert went on to throw a solid 2011 debut as he allowed four hits and struck out five in 6.1 innings of work.
UConn (6-5) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning as John Andreoli scored on a Mike Friel sacrifice fly, his first of the season. Andreoli singled then stole second before advancing all the way to third on a throwing error by the Toreros.
After Billy Ferriter walked and stole his second base of the year to put two Huskies in scoring position, Friel hit a long fly ball into deep center to score Andreoli from third and allow Ferriter to tag up and advance a base. Junior captain Nick Ahmed then singled into left field to score Ferriter, giving UConn a one-run lead.
The Huskies tallied another run in the seventh and two in the eighth as Ferriter and Andreoli as well as junior Kevin Vance recorded an RBI in the frames. Ferriter grounded out in the seventh as Doug Elliot was able to score before Vance knocked in a run in the eighth with a single to left. Andreoli recorded his second sac fly in 2011 as he extended UConn's lead to four (5-1).
San Diego threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth before Vance took the hill to retire his lone batter faced. The junior hurler was awarded his second save of the season and the 10th of his career.
The Toreros scored three runs in their ninth-inning rally before Vance shut the door on their comeback attempt.
After Van Woert went 6.1 innings, Dan Feehan took the mound and threw 1.2 solid frames, striking out two and allowing no hits. Michael Zaccardo came into the game in the ninth and allowed four hits and three runs against six batters in 0.2 innings of work before Vance finished the contest for the Huskies.
Elliot went 3-for-4 with one run scored for the Huskies, while Andreoli finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Nemeth, Springer and sophomore LJ Mazzilli had two hits apiece, while Springer added one run and an RBI.
The Huskies will face San Diego for the third time this week on Friday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). UConn is 2-0 all-time against the Toreros and will look for win number three behind the leadership of its senior veteran pitcher, Elliot Glynn. The game can be listened to live on WHUS.org.