April 8, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
An RBI single by Nick Ahmed scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth as the UConn baseball team edged Notre Dame 3-1in BIG EAST Conference action on Friday night.
With one out in the eighth, Ahmed singled to right field to score Billy Ferriter from third to give UConn a one-run lead. Ferriter was hit by a pitch then advanced to second on a passed ball before scoring on Ahmed's first hit of the ballgame to give UConn a 2-1 lead.
With the win, UConn improves to 16-10-1 on the year and 6-1 in BIG EAST play, while Notre Dame falls to 12-15-1 overall and 3-4 in the league.
UConn tallied the night's first run as George Springer improved his career tally to 179 runs scored, a program-best, in the top of the seventh inning.
Springer led off the frame with a single to left field before stealing second, his 12th theft of the season. The junior then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Fuller after advancing to third on a Mike Nemeth ground out.
Notre Dame tied the score at one with a run in the bottom of the seventh as Greg Sherry singled into right to record his seventh RBI of the year.
UConn took a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth as John Andreoli scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Tim Martin.
Matt Barnes went 7.1 innings, allowing one run and four hits, while striking out five. Barnes earned the win, his sixth straight this season. Dan Feehan came out of the pen for the Huskies for his 11th appearance in 2011 and faced three batters in 0.2 innings of work.
earned his fourth save of the season as he closed out the game for the Huskies in the ninth. Vance walked one and allowed one hit en route to his 12th career save.
Notre Dame's Brian Dupra went 7.1 innings and gave up six hits and one run, while walking three, to take the loss.
Springer finished the game 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Andreoli tallied a 2-for-3 outing.
UConn will return to action on Saturday (April 9) against Notre Dame in the teams' second game of the three-game BIG EAST series. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. in South Bend, Ind.