March 27, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -
A second inning run by junior Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) put the University of Connecticut baseball team ahead of South Florida and helped them to earn their first BIG EAST victory of the season at J.O. Christian Field on Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Huskies (10-10, 1-3 BIG EAST) improved to .500 on the season. They handed South Florida their first BIG EAST loss of the year as the Bulls drop to 14-9, 3-1 BIG EAST.
The Huskies were the first and only team to get on the board when Fatse scored in the second inning. The junior leftfielder led off the inning with a walk. He took off for second to earn his ninth stolen base of the season and moved on to third after the throw from South Florida's catcher Trey Manz flew into left-centerfield. Sophomore Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.) knocked Fatse in on a sacrifice fly to shallow right field to give UConn the 1-0 lead.
Just one inning later, UConn added to their lead when freshman George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) homered to deep centerfield. The home run was the rookie's second of the season and added some breathing room for the Huskies.
Starting pitcher John Folino (Quincy, Mass.) got to work and shut out the South Florida line up for his second win of the season. The senior had an eight-inning, 116-pitch outing for the Huskies.
Senior David Erickson (Stratford, Conn.) came in to close the game out for UConn in the seventh inning earning his team-leading fourth save of the season.
South Florida pitcher Randy Fontanez threw a complete game two-hitter against the Huskies, but still managed to earn the loss as the Bulls bats just couldn't generate any runs.
The Huskies are back in action Saturday, March 28 in a doubleheader against South Florida to close out their season series with the Bulls. Game one will begin at 11:00 a.m. with game two to begin one half hour after the conclusion of the first game.