April 3, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - A six-run second inning, including a Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) home run, propelled the University of Connecticut baseball team over St. John's this afternoon as they defeated the Red Storm, 8-2. With the win, the Huskies completed the weekend sweep of St. John's and are now 5-1 in BIG EAST play and 14-10-1 overall. St. John's fell to 3-3 in conference play and 13-12 on the season.
Greg Nappo (Madison, Conn.) picked up the win for the Huskies as he worked six innings with four strikeouts and allowed just one run. Will Jolin (Guilford, Conn.), Dan Feehan (Nashua, N.H.) and Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.) each worked an inning of relief work for UConn, with Vance posting the Huskies' fifth strikeout of the day.
UConn was able to jump out to a 2-0 lead after the bottom of the first inning after LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) doubled down the left field line as the lead off batter for the Huskies. Mazzilli later scored on a Nick Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) double to center field, while Ahmed scored on a George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) single to left field. Mazzilli and Springer both had a team-best two hits on the day, with Springer also notching two RBI.
St. John's was able to cut the lead in half in the top of the second, as Robert Case scored on a Joe Witkowski double to right field. The Huskies were able to post two quick outs to get out of the inning, and would go on to allow just two Red Storm hits throughout the next five innings, holding St. John's scoreless until the top of the eighth.
John Andreoli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) recorded back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the second for UConn, which allowed the Huskies to break open the game with six runs in the bottom half of the frame. Andreoli posted the first run of the inning as he advanced to second on a St. John's error and scored on Elliot's single up the middle.
With one out, Ahmed was able to reach base on a fielder's choice and drive in Elliot for the 4-1 advantage. UConn extended that lead with the next batter, as Springer doubled to left field allowing Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.) to score after reaching base on a hit by pitch. With two on and two outs Nemeth blasted his first home run of the season to right field, giving the Huskies the 8-1 advantage heading into the top of the third inning.
Both teams went silent offensively throughout the next five innings, as UConn was able to post just two additional hits throughout the rest of the contest. The Red Storm's final run came in the top of the eighth, when Rowan Wick doubled down the left field line and scored on a UConn error.
The Huskies will next play a pair of mid-week contests against Massachusetts on Tuesday (April 5) and Wednesday (April 6). Tuesday's contest will begin at 3:00 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field, while Wednesday's 3:00 p.m. game will take place in Amherst, Mass.