March 26, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Six Huskies posted multiple hits and senior Elliot Glynn (Long Beach, Calif.) allowed just two runs as the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Pittsburgh 9-2 this afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the win, UConn improves to 10-9-1 on the season and 2-0 in BIG EAST play, while the Panthers fall to 12-8 and 0-2 in the conference.
UConn got on the board early, posting a run in the bottom of the first inning as LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) scored on a Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) single to center field. Mazzilli started the inning with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a ground out and stole third base.
After a scoreless second inning, the Panthers finally posted their first run of the weekend as John Schultz scored on a David Chester single through the left side. The Huskies closed out the inning strong though, limiting Pittsburgh to just two hits during the inning and responded with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Nick Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) posted UConn's second run of the game after reaching base on a walk and scoring on a Pittsburgh error, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead. UConn extended their lead with three straight hits, a John Andreoli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) single to shortstop, a Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) double to left field and a Tom Verdi (Warwick, R.I.) single up the middle. Andreoli's hit drove in George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) who reached on the Pittsburgh error, while Elliot drove in Andreoli and Ryan Fuller (Old Lyme, Conn.) who reached on a fielder's choice and Elliot scored on Verdi's single. The Panthers posted two straight outs to end the inning, as UConn held a 6-1 lead going into the fourth inning.
The Panthers and the Huskies recorded just three hits combined throughout the fourth and fifth innings, as Sean Toole and Zach Duggan singled for Pittsburgh and Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) singled for the Huskies.
UConn posted three straight outs in the top of the sixth inning and added to their run total in the bottom of the inning with Ahmed scoring on a Springer single to left field. Going into the top of the seventh inning UConn held a 7-1 lead.
For just the second time during the contest, Pittsburgh was able to post multiple hits in an inning, as they recorded two in the top of the seventh, while also posting another run to put the score at 7-2 UConn.
Once again the Huskies responded with two additional runs in the bottom of the seventh, as Andreoli singled through the right side and Mazzilli singled through the left side for the 9-2 UConn victory. The Huskies were able to put up six straight Panther outs during the eighth and ninth innings to close out the game.
Glynn (1-4) picked up the win for UConn today, as he worked seven innings with five strikeouts, while David Fischer (Scotia, N.Y.) and Brian Ward (Milford, Conn.) each pitched an inning of relief work. Pittsburgh's Matt Iannazzo (2-2) recorded the loss for the Panthers.
Springer led the Huskies with three hits, one run and two RBI against the Panthers, while Andreoli had two hits, two runs and one RBI.
UConn and Pittsburgh will close out the weekend series tomorrow (March 27). First pitch is set for 12:00 noon at J.O. Christian Field.