March 25, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Redshirt sophomore Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with one RBI as the University of Connecticut baseball team picked up two runs in the seventh inning to pull ahead of Yale University and take the 4-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies went into the seventh inning down 3-2 and scored both the tying and winning runs on two bases loaded walks. In the seventh, Harold Brantley, Jr. (Silver Spring, Md.) singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a stolen base then moved to third on a single by senior Dale Brannon (St. Petersburg, Fla.).
The Yale pitching staff helped the Huskies in the inning; by walking redshirt-junior Matt Burnett (Endicott, N.Y.) to load the bases then gave up two walks to freshman Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) to put two runs on the board before the final out of the inning.
With the Huskies' second consecutive victory, UConn improves to 9-10 on the year as the Bulldogs fall to 4-7 overall.
Yale put one run on the board in the bottom of the third inning to take the early lead before UConn answered with two runs in the top of the fourth. Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) led off the inning with a base hit to right field and later scored on a Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.) groundout to second.
Elliot added a single up the middle to score Vance from third, after the freshman reached base on a single through the left side of the infield. Yale knocked in two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the 3-2 lead before UConn's rally in the seventh inning as the Huskies held the Bulldogs scoreless in the late innings, led by Dusty Odenbach (Rochester, N.Y.), who took the mound in both the seventh and eighth innings.
Odenbach allowed two hits in his two innings of work as he struck out three. UConn's Matt McDonald (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) earned the win, his second of the season, as he gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings of work. McDonald's record improves to 2-0 on the year after recording four strikeouts on the afternoon.
The Bulldogs threw 10 pitchers in today's contest as Yale's Robert Gruber took the loss after facing eight batters and allowing two hits and one run in one inning thrown.
Senior David Erickson (Stratford, Conn.) came into the game in the ninth inning and struck out the first two batters he faced before getting the last batter of the afternoon to groundout to end the game to earn his third save of the season.
The Huskies will return to action on Friday, March 27 as they get set to host South Florida in a three-game BIG EAST Conference series. Friday's game time is set for 3:00 p.m.