April 10, 2009
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The University of Connecticut baseball team scored five runs in the first inning, led by Peter Fatse with a three-run homerun, as the Huskies went on to defeat Rutgers 15-4 in the series finale and second game of the Friday afternoon doubleheader.
Second baseman Pierre LePage was a consistent presence for UConn, finishing the day 5-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. UConn improves to 17-15 overall with the victory and evens its record out to 6-6 in BIG EAST action. With the loss, Rutgers falls to 13-19 overall and 3-9 in conference play. The first inning posted a lot of trouble for the Rutgers' pitching staff as the Huskies recorded five hits and six runs off Scarlet Knights' starter, Charlie Law. Harold Brantley, Jr. led off the game by reaching base after getting hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by Matt Burnett.
A wild pitch by Law moved Burnett to second and allowed Brantley to cross the plate for the first run of the game. After a walk given up to George Springer, Fatse recorded his fifth homerun of the season.
Mike Nemeth followed with a double into right center before scoring on a Joe Pavone single up the middle. Law was taken out of the game after 0.1 innings of work as he allowed five hits, six earned runs and two walks.
After Law walked the bases loaded, Tony Wargo took the hill and saw the top of the Huskies' lineup in the same inning. He was able to get Brantley to pop up to his catcher but a Nick Ahmed walk with the bases loaded put another UConn run on the board before Wargo was able to get the third out of the inning with the Huskies leading 6-0.
Doug Jennings saw his first start on the mound in a BIG EAST Conference game this season as he pitched just over one inning after giving up two hits and three runs. Jennings struggled to start with the bases loaded and two outs he three a wild pitch that allowed the Scarlet Knights to score. Rutger's Michael Lang cut UConn's advantage in half, 6-3 in the second inning with a two-run single.
In just over four innings, Matt Barnes earned the win holding Rutgers without a run and striking out four Scarlet Knight batters. Barnes came in to close the second inning.
Springer's two-run homer highlighted the Huskies consistent hitting. Connecticut scored a single run in the third, fourth and fifth innings before pulling away in the seventh inning.
The Huskies scored five to lead 14-3 going into the final two frames of the series finale. Both teams scored in the ninth for the 15-4 final. Connecticut finished the day with 15 runs off of 15 hits.
UConn will return to action on Tuesday, April 14 as the Huskies will take on Hartford for the second time this season. The non-conference contest is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.