April 5, 2009
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -
Doug Elliot finished the Huskies' BIG EAST series finale against Seton Hall with a 4-for-5 performance as the University of Connecticut baseball team dominated the Pirates 10-3 on Sunday afternoon at Owen T. Carroll Field. With the victory, the Huskies even their record out to 14-14 and improve to 4-5 in conference play.
The Huskies jumped to an early lead with a pair of three-run innings to take a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning. In the top of the first inning, Matt Burnett got things started with an RBI single to center field, followed by George Springer's sixth homerun of the season, a two run shot over the left field wall.
In the top of the fifth inning, Dale Brannon recorded a sacrifice-fly as Pierre LePage and Springer added doubles for the Huskies' offensive efforts.
The Pirates cut the UConn lead to four runs, at 6-2, as they scored both in the bottom of the sixth inning. UConn starter Greg Nappo earned the win as he allowed just four hits and two earned runs in seven innings of work. He also struck out seven en route to the victory.
Brannon picked up another two RBIs in the eighth to stretch their lead to six runs before Seton Hall added another run in the bottom of the inning.
Mike Nemeth continued his stellar play from the plate adding an RBI triple in the ninth to clinch the victory.
Seton Hall's Joe DiRocco took the loss as he allowed five earned runs and eight hits in five innings thrown.
Dusty Odenbach continued his solid start on the hill as he came in for Nappo and threw two innings as he allowed four hits and one run, while striking out three.
Burnett and Brannon combined for three hits and four RBIs in today's contest as Springer finished the afternoon with two hits and three RBIs. Elliot added one RBI to his 4-for-5 showing.
Freshman Nick Ahmed also hit well for the Huskies as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
UConn will return to action on Monday, April 6 as they travel to Massachusetts for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference match-up.