April 6, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Driving in nine of its 10 runs via the longball, the University of Connecticut baseball team muscled its way to a 10-2 victory over UMass Tuesday. Four different Huskies homered on the day with Nick Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and LJ Mazzilli (Greenwich, Conn.) blasting two-run shots, Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.) smashing a solo homer and Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) launching a three-run round-tripper that found its self hitting the trees in left field.
The Huskies improve to 18-7 on the season, winning their sixth-straight game, while UMass drops to 2-15 in 2010.
The Huskies split up the time on the mound between four pitchers. Michael Zaccardo (Greenwich, Conn.) earned the win for the Huskies pitching two scoreless innings and striking out one during his time on the mound. He improves to 2-0 on the year. Leif Sorenson got his first decision of the season for the Minutemen, recording the loss. He allowed four earned runs in 4.2 innings of work while walking three.
UMass was actually the first to get on the board in the top of the third inning as Matt Gedman drove in Eric Fredette for the early 1-0 lead. The Huskies rebounded in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own. Mazzilli earned his first RBI of the day knocking out an RBI double to left centerfield that scored Joe Pavone (Rochester, N.Y.), who reached base on an infield hit to the shortstop.
The Huskies added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. John Andreoli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) reached base on a fielder's choice then stole second base. He crossed the plate one batter later as Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.) knocked out an RBI single to right field in his first game back. Ahmed scored LePage in the next at bat on a towering homerun to left field, opening up the lead to three runs.
UMass cut into that lead in the top of the sixth as Brian Baudinet homered to right centerfield, but the Huskies got that run back in the bottom half of the inning when Vance launched his solo shot into the trees in left field.
In UConn's seventh, LePage led things off for the Huskies with a single to left field. Ahmed followed with an infield single to the shortstop and both runners advanced an extra bag on a throwing error. Two batters later, Nemeth launched a three-run shot that landed in UConn's bullpen and opened up the Huskies lead to 8-2.
UConn did not stop piling on the runs as Mazzilli sealed the victory with a two-run shot to left field that scored Pavone and extended the lead to eight where it would remain.
UConn and UMass will square off once again in a game on Wednesday in Amherst, Mass. that will begin at 3:00 p.m.