April 8, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Two homeruns in the top of the ninth lifted the University of Connecticut baseball team over Massachusetts 11-9 at Earl Lorden Field on Wednesday afternoon. UConn improves to 15-14 with the victory, while the Minutemen drop to 8-17 as the Huskies recorded five homeruns on the afternoon.
With the score 9-7 in Massachusetts' favor heading into the ninth inning, UConn used a four-run rally to pull ahead and take the 11-9 win.
The Minutemen opened up scoring in the first inning as they took a 2-0 lead before UConn took one of the runs back in the second as Mike Nemeth (Washington, N.J.) drew a leadoff walk and crossed the plate on a double to the right field fence by Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.). The Huskies then tied the score with a solo homerun in the top of the fourth by junior Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.).
The Huskies picked up two more homeruns in the sixth inning to give UConn a 4-2 advantage. George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) along with Nemeth each hit one for the UConn ballclub.
UMass scored twice in the bottom of the frame to tie the score again at 4-4 then in the top of the seventh doubles by Springer and Fatse gave the Huskies a 7-4 lead.
The Minutemen answered back once again and used a five-run seventh inning to take back control of the game with a 9-7 advantage.
The Huskies then rallied for four runs with one out in the top of the ninth as Matt Burnett (Endicott, N.Y.) singled to center, while Springer recorded his second four-bagger of the game to knot the score at nine.
Nemeth followed with his second homerun of the game with a two-run shot over the right field wall to score the winning runs.
Mitchell Eilenberg suffered the loss for UMass, falling to 1-3 on the year as he allowed four runs on three hits in 2.0 innings on the mound.
UConn freshman Scott Oberg pitched a hitless eighth, walked one and struck out one to earn the victory, his first of his career, while senior captain David Erickson (Stratford, Conn.) did not allow a hit or a run in the ninth to pick up his team-leading fifth save of the season.
Fatse was 2-for-5 with a homerun and a double and scored twice, while Nemeth had two homeruns and a double for his three-hit performance. Springer led the Huskies with a 3-for-5 performance with two homeruns and a double as he recorded four RBIs and scored three runs.