April 10, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Joe Pavone's base hit up the middle in the bottom of the tenth inning scored the game-winning run as the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Villanova 2-1 in game one of the Saturday afternoon double-header at J.O. Christian Field.
Pavone's lone hit of the ballgame scored junior Mike Nemeth to give UConn (20-7, 5-2 BIG EAST) the 2-1 victory in extra innings to improve the Huskies' win streak to eight games. With the win, the Huskies' picked up their 20th victory of the season.
Junior Mike Olt's home run in the eighth tied the BIG EAST contest at one before UConn's 10th inning rally. Nemeth's one-out single in the 10th sparked the Huskies' run as Olt reached base on an error by Villanova's center fielder. After the Wildcats recorded the second out of the inning, Pavone picked up his ninth RBI of the year with his 15th hit of the season to give UConn the win.
Pierre LePage had another stellar outing for the Huskies as he reached base in all five of his at-bats as he recorded two hits in the contest, walked twice and reached on a Wildcats' error.
UConn starting hurler, Elliot Glynn also had a solid game for the Huskies, as he finished the game after eight innings of work. He allowed three hits and one run against the Wildcats, while striking out five. Glynn also hit two batters and walked four in today's contest as he earned the no decision.
Scott Oberg came into the game for Glynn and pitched two innings, while striking out two for his third win of the season. Villanova's Brian Streilein went 7.2 innings as he allowed five hits and one earned run. He struck out seven Huskies. Kevin Crimmel took the loss to fall to 4-1 on the year as he allowed one run and two hits in two innings.
After a walk given up to David Koczirka in the top of the fourth, UConn junior Elliot Glynn hit back-to-back batters to load the bases with two outs. Glynn was able to get Villanova catcher Adam Nelson to chase an outside pitch and strike out for the third out of the inning as the Wildcats left three men on base.
In the top of the seventh Villanova took a 1-0 lead as Kevin Wager reached base on a fielding error by Glynn. He later scored on a double by teammate Marlon Calbi.
UConn threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh as an intentional walk to LePage loaded the bases for the Huskies' Nick Ahmed. Ahmed drilled a line drive that was caught by Villanova shortstop Marlon Calbi to end the inning with three Huskies left on the base.
Mike Olt hit his seventh homer of the season in the eighth to tie the game at one with a blast over the left field wall. For Olt, it was his team-leading 31st RBI of the year.
Scott Oberg, who came in for Glynn with one runner on first and no outs in the ninth, retired six straight batters to set the Huskies up for their 10th inning rally.
Kevin Vance finished game one with two hits in five at-bats, while LePage added two hits as well.