April 3, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -
Behind strong pitching from sophomore Matt Barnes, the UConn baseball team capped off the weekend with a 14-3 win over West Virginia to earn the three-game series sweep over the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W . Va. on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies (16-7, 4-2 BIG EAST) not only were led on Saturday buy stellar pitching but the offense also took charge as UConn tallied six runs in the third inning then seven in the sixth to take a 13-1 lead after five and a half innings. The Huskies recorded 14 runs on 13 hits, while West Virginia (13-14, 2-4 BIG EAST) picked up three runs on nine hits.
Barnes earned his fifth win of the season after throwing seven innings as he allowed four hits and one earned run, while striking out five. He improved to 5-0 on the year from the hill.
UConn took a dominating 6-0 lead in the third inning led by an RBI single by Nick Ahmed, a two-RBI single by Mike Olt and a three-run home run from UConn's designated hitter, Kevin Vance.
In the sixth, UConn scored seven runs on six hits and one Mountaineer error. Vance, who batted twice in the inning, led off the frame with a single through the left side of the infield. After stealing second, he scored the Huskies' first run of the inning on a fielder's choice. Redshirt-freshman Billy Ferriter later scored on a John Andreoli single up the middle before Ahmed connected on a two-RBI base hit.
Junior Mike Nemeth also chipped in with his fourth home run of the season to score two and give UConn a 12-1 lead. In Vance's second at-bat of the inning, the sophomore connected on a double down the left field line to extend UConn's advantage.
threw one inning for the Huskies and allowed four hits and two runs before Oberg finished the game in the ninth, striking out one and allowing just one hit.
Vance finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI, while Mike Olt added two hits and three RBI. Ahmed also had two hits and three RBI for the Huskies.
West Virginia's Eric Hinkle took the loss to drop to 2-2 on the year for the Mountaineers. He threw 5.2 innings and allowed nine hits and six earned runs.
UConn returns to action on Monday, April 5 in a 3:00 p.m. contest at the University of Hartford.