April 7, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Connecticut baseball team won its nine-inning slugfest with Massachusetts 15-11 on Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field.
UConn (19-7) recorded 18 hits and two 4-run innings to edge the Minutemen (2-16) in the non-conference contest.
The Huskies came from behind with four runs in the seventh then three in the eighth to take the four-run advantage. UConn was led by George Springer and Kevin Vance, who both recorded two home runs in today's contest and led the rally in the late innings.
Springer finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Vance went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. Sophomore Nick Ahmed also registered multiple hits against UMass as he added three of his own. Doug Elliot went 3-for-5 on the afternoon as Mike Olt added five RBI.
UMass took an early 4-1 lead after the opening frame but Springer tied the game at four with a solo shot over the left field wall in the third inning. The Minutemen did not let UConn hold the lead for long as they put up a five-run fourth inning after adding one in the third to take a 10-4 lead.
The UConn bats started to go in the fifth inning, as Mike Nemeth hit an RBI single to score Pierre LePage to begin a four-run rally. Olt added to the UConn output with his second triple of the season to score two more UConn runs before scoring on a wild pitch.
The Huskies added four more runs in the seventh to take the lead as they were led by home runs from Olt and Vance. For Olt, it was his sixth of the season, while Vance hit his fourth. Springer's second homer of the day and the seventh this year came in the top of the eighth inning, as UConn registered three runs on four hits in that frame. Springer's homer, followed by a two-RBI double by Nemeth, along with Vance's fifth blast of the year secured the UConn victory.
UConn's Scott Oberg earned the win in today's game to improve to 2-0 on the year. Oberg threw the sixth and seventh innings for the Huskies as he allowed just two hits, while striking out two. Pat Butler started on the hill for the Huskies as he threw three innings, allowing seven hits, seven runs and two walks, while striking out three.
Ahmed threw the final two innings for the Huskies, while allowing one hit and striking out one in his third appearance on the mound.
Massachusetts' Bryan Leigh took the loss to drop to 0-4 on the year as he gave up four runs and four hits in one inning of work.
UConn returns to action this weekend as the Huskies host a three-game series against Villanova beginning on Friday afternoon. The BIG EAST contest on Friday is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.