March 22, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - In a rain delayed and fog shortened affair, the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Northeastern on Monday. The Huskies' Pat Butler (Chatham, N.J.) put together a five-hit shutout in six innings of work to aid UConn in the commanding 12-1 victory at J.O. Christian Field. Butler struck out one and walked just three in his second start of the season.
A five-run inning in the bottom of the fourth effectively decided the game for Connecticut led by a trio of multiple hitters, including a 2-for-4 effort from designated hitter Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.). Vance ended the day with a game-high four RBI, including a two-run homer in the fourth.
Sophomores George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) and Nick Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) put themselves in scoring position, stealing second and third, respectively on the same play. Junior Mike Olt (Branford, Conn.) drove in both runs with a single up the middle to make it a 4-0 UConn lead in the fourth.
Connecticut matched its season-high in stolen bases for the third time and for the second-straight game, stealing six against the Huskies. Springer stole second and third in the first inning, en route scoring the first Connecticut run. Ahmed had a pair of stolen bases as well, including stealing third in the fourth inning on the same play Springer stole second.
Springer is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts this season while Ahmed leads the team with eight in nine attempts.
Vance's first homerun of the year made it a 7-0 lead after four innings while Butler and the UConn defense continued to make it difficult for the Huskies. Northeastern managed just four hits through the first five innings of play.
Connecticut recorded its second-consecutive multiple run inning in the fifth with sophomore John Andreoli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) hitting a two-run homer after redshirt freshman Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) reached third on a wild pitch. Ferriter welcomed Northeastern reliever Sam Berg with a double to right center to start the inning. As the fog began to set in, the Connecticut Huskies led 9-0 at the end of five.
Andreoli was 3-for-4 as one of three UConn players to record multiple hits on the day and among a trio of players to finish the day with two or more RBI. Andreoli and Olt both finished the day with two RBI, joining Vance who drove in four runs.
With one out, redshirt junior Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) reached on a fielder's choice after junior Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) walked to start the sixth inning. Ferriter was hit by a pitch by Berg and advanced to second on a wild one. Elliot turned the corner on the same play. Elliot capitalized on another wild pitch by Berg to score with two outs.
Nemeth was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and RBI. Ahmed and Springer also finished the game with two runs.
Senior Trent DeLazzer (Cypress, Calif.) took over pitching duties for the Huskies with Butler ending the day ahead 10-0. Butler evened his record as a starter this season with the win. DeLazzer did not allow a hit in his lone inning of work, striking out a pair of Northeastern batters.
In the top of the seventh, Vance hit a two-run double to account for the final runs scored by UConn on the day. Olt and Ahmed scored to obtain a 12-0 lead going into the top of the eighth.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Thompson (Fort McMurray, Alta.) stepped onto the mound for Connecticut in the eighth. Northeastern's Tony DiCesare hit an RBI single up the middle to score the lone Husky run. Thompson closed out the inning with a pair of strike outs, allowing two hits and one run in his third appearance of the year.
The game was called before the start of the bottom of the eighth by the umpires.
UConn's season continues Tuesday with a 5 p.m. game at Holy Cross before the Huskies (11-6) return home to host Yale at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.