March 28, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut baseball team split the second day of its three-game series with South Florida on Saturday at J.O. Christian Field. Sophomore Elliot Glynn (Long Beach, Calif.) struck out a career-high 10 batters in the first game as the Huskies surpassed the Bulls 12-5. UConn fell 5-2 in the matinee.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, freshman George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) hit a three-run homer over the centerfield fence to put UConn ahead early. The Bulls came back with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Connecticut answered with a pair of its own with Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) starting the bottom of the fourth with UConn's second home run of the game. Red shirt sophomore Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) hit a two-run double for the 5-2 Husky lead.
Todd Brazeal singled to left center bringing in both South Florida runs in the fifth inning to come within a single run (5-4). UConn pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Fatse hit an RBI single and a batter later Springer drove in a run with a double. Peter LaPage (Wolcott, Conn.) capped off the inning with a RBI single giving UConn an 8-4 edge.
Sophomore Mike Olt (Branford, Conn.) with a sacrifice fly in the sixth brought Elliot home for a five-run advantage (9-4). South Florida put one on the board in the seventh with Koscso's RBI single.
LaPage hit an RBI double and Fatse scored for the Huskies. Springer scored his team-best fourth run of the first game in the seventh inning, giving UConn an 11-5 lead. Sophomore Dan Mahoney (Boston, Mass.) struck out the first South Florida batter in the eighth inning and the Connecticut outfield took care of the rest.
Olt's homer in the eighth was the final run scored in the game with the Huskies winning the game 12-5 over the Bulls. Glynn evened his record on the mound at 2-2 while Teddy Kaufman fell to 1-2 for South Florida.
The Bulls jumped ahead by one early in the second game off a RBI single from Chris Rey in the first inning. All was quiet from both teams until Fatse scored after hitting a triple to get on base in the fourth inning. UConn trailed by two runs after the Bulls scored twice in the top of the fifth.
Harold Brantley Jr. (Silver Spring, Md.) hit a RBI infield single to cut the deficit 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth. South Florida and UConn combined for a mere three hits in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Bulls scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth and the Huskies were unable to get on base in their final at bat, falling 5-2 in the second game.
Greg Nappo (Madison, Conn.), who fanned four batters in just over four innings, falls to 1-2 this season. South Florida's Matt Quevedo escapes with an unblemished record of 4-0.
Connecticut takes the series against USF, taking two-of-three at J.O. Christian Field. Overall, the Huskies are now 11-11 with a 2-4 mark in BIG EAST play. South Florida is 15-10 this season with a 4-2 conference record.
Fatse finished Saturday with a .429 batting average, going 3-for-7 with two RBIs. Springer drove in a team-best four runs with a double and a home run against the Bulls. Fatse and Springer both scored four runs.
UConn hosts UMass on Monday in Storrs, Conn. with first pitch set for 3 p.m.