April 2, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Tim Martin went four-for-five throughout both games today, as the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated St. John's 9-1 during the first contest and 6-5 during the second game. With the victories, the Huskies improve to 4-1 in BIG EAST play this season, while St. John's falls to 3-2.
During the first game of the doubleheader the Huskies got out a 3-1 lead after the sixth inning and extended their lead to 9-1 after two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth. Nick Ahmed and Martin led UConn in the first game, as they both recorded three hits while Ahmed also posted three runs and two RBI.
Matt Barnes picked up the first win, working 8.2 innings for the Huskies with seven strikeouts and allowing just three hits.
St. John's was able to bounce back during the second game, as their lead-off batter hit a home run to right field to give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The St. John's lead would hold until the bottom of the second as Mike Nemeth singled to left field as the first batter up and scored on a Ryan Fuller home run to left center.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings, until St. John's posted two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings for a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Ahmed brought the Huskies to within two runs when he scored on a Red Storm error after reaching base on a hit by pitch.
The Huskies posted six straight Red Storm outs through the seventh and eighth innings and once again closed the gap in the bottom of the eighth. Billy Ferriter opened the inning with a walk, advanced to second on an LJ Mazzilli single, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and finally scored on a fielder's choice to bring the Huskies within one, at 5-4.
St. John's was able to post two hits during the top of the ninth inning, but they were never able to capitalize, as they stranded a runner to end the inning and send the game to the bottom of the ninth.
UConn, who was trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, tied the game with two outs as Martin singled up the middle to drive in Ryan Moore. With two outs and the game tied at 5-5, Mazzilli reached on an error by the Red Storm as Martin scored for the final run of the game, giving UConn the 6-5 victory.
David Fischer picked up UConn's second win of the day, as he pitched four innings of relief, allowing just one run.
Ryan Fuller was the lone Husky to post multiple hits during the second contest, as he had two hits, one run and two RBI.
UConn and St. John's will complete the weekend series tomorrow (April 3), with first pitch slated for 12:00 noon at J.O. Christian Field.