April 6, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn baseball team downed Massachusetts 7-1 on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference play at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs, Conn.
Fuller led off the bottom of the second inning with a triple off the right center field wall then scored UConn's first run of the ballgame on a Doug Elliot single up the middle. Fuller scored twice for the Huskies.
UConn added four runs in the fifth as George Springer was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame before stealing second, his 11th stolen base of the season. Mike Nemeth and Fuller walked to load the bases for John Andreoli, who hit a two-run single into centerfield to extend UConn's lead to 3-0.
Two failed pick-off attempts by Ryan Lubreski enabled two more Huskies to score as UConn took a 5-0 lead after five innings. Lubreski came into the game and faced five batters without recording an out as he allowed four runs and three walks.
Lubreski took the hill after UMass starter Robert Machado went four innings, allowing seven hits and four walks. Machado took the loss to drop to 2-3 on the year for the Minutemen (8-12).
Bob Van Woert went 5.1 innings in his third win of the season. Van Woert gave up three hits and five walks, while striking out one in his fourth start of the year.
UConn loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh for Kevin Vance, who pinch hit for Tim Martin. Vance hit into a fielder's choice but was able to score Nemeth from third to give UConn a six-run advantage.
David Fischer came out of the pen for the Huskies and had a solid outing. He went 1.2 innings and struck out one, while not allowing a hit. Sophomore Dan Feehan also threw for the Huskies as he allowed back-to-back singles to open the eighth inning before striking out his first batter of the ballgame.
Feehan picked off Kyle Adie at second to get the second out of the inning before giving up his third hit of the frame. Matt Gedman flew out to left field to end the Minutemen rally.
UConn added its final run of the contest in the bottom of the eighth as Nemeth singled up the middle to score Springer from second. Springer, who scored for the second time of the afternoon, doubled to center field with two outs to get into scoring position.
Vance closed out the game for the Huskies, throwing the ninth, and gave up two hits and one run against five batters faced.
The Huskies will return to action this weekend with their first BIG EAST series on the road as they travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame. The three-game series is set to begin on Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium at 5:35 p.m. (EST).