March 30, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - In non-conference action on Monday afternoon, the University of Connecticut baseball team surpassed Massachusetts 8-1 at J.O. Christian Field. George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) blasted a grand slam over the right field fence in the first inning and finished the day 3-for-3 with four RBI.
Matt Burnett (Endicott, N.Y.) and Mike Olt (Brandford, Conn.) were both fanned on by starting pitcher Nick Serino to load the bases after Nick Ahmed (Longmeadow, Mass.) got on base with a single to left. Springer hit his fourth home run of the season driving in the first four Connecticut runs in the bottom of the first.
The Minutemen got on the board in the second with Brian Baundinet scoring as Olt, Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.) and Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) turned the first Husky double play of the day. UMass catcher Tom Conley grounded out second to end the inning 4-1 Connecticut.
After making the catch in right field, John Andreoli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) threw Matt Gedman out at first
UConn put together a three-run fourth inning with Nemeth hitting a RBI single and Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) following with a sacrifice fly to bring Springer home. Nemeth scored to give the Huskies three runs on three hits and a 7-1 advantage.
Olt came out and third basemen Ahmed slid over to take over shortstop duties at the start of the sixth inning. Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.) came in to cover third. The Huskies final run came in the bottom of the sixth inning from Springer's solo shot into right.
In his fifth appearance of the season, Doug Jennings (Pompton Plains, N.J.) came out before the start of the final inning. Jennings fanned four batters for his third win of the season in eight complete innings. Dennis Accomando (Monroe, Conn.) faced four batters and allowed a single hit in UMass's final at bat.
Connecticut turned three double plays against the Minutemen and committed a single error. With the win, UConn moves to 12-11 overall on the year while UMass drops to 6-13.
The Huskies travel for a 3 p.m. game at Hartford on Tuesday before hosting Boston College on Thursday at 3 p.m.