March 24, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Bob Van Woert earned his first win of the season and the eighth of his career as the UConn baseball team cruised to a 7-1 victory over Yale on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
UConn (12-5) took a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning but added four runs in the eighth to clinch the non-conference victory. Van Woert struggled in the first inning, walking two batters, but never looked back as he allowed just two hits in seven innings of work.
The redshirt-junior allowed one run in the top of the seventh after hitting a batter before allowing his second hit of the game, which scored Yale's lone run. He also struck out two on the afternoon.
UConn went up 1-0 in the third inning as Ferriter connected on a one-out single to centerfield. Ahmed followed with a double down the left field line as he was able to get his barrel on a tough pitch to connect on the hit and run.
The Huskies added two more runs in the seventh after Yale (9-5-1) tied the score in the top of the inning. UConn's runs came on two Bulldog errors, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Ahmed.
UConn extended its lead in the eighth with a four-run frame led by a Mike Nemeth double, a John Andreoli triple and a Ferriter infield single. For Andreoli, it was his second triple of the season as Nemeth picked up his sixth double.
Sophomore Scott Oberg took the hill in the eighth for Van Woert as he allowed no hits and struck out two. Ahmed finished the game for UConn and in just his second appearance on the mound, allowed one hit and struck out one batter to close the game.
Yale threw eight hurlers in today's contest as Christopher O'Hare made the start but only threw two innings, striking out one and allowing two hits. Pat Ludwig took the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year after allowing two runs to the Huskies.
UConn will begin BIG EAST Conference action this weekend as the Huskies travel to Louisville, Ky. to take on the University of Louisville in their league opener. The three-game weekend series begins on Friday night at 6:00 p.m.