April 10, 2010
STORRS, Conn. -
Back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning led the Huskies to a 4-0 victory over Villanova in game two of their Saturday double-header against the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
UConn's George Springer and Mike Nemeth knocked out back-to-back homers over the right center wall to extend UConn's lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning. It was the eighth home run of the year for Springer and the sixth for Nemeth.
The Huskies (21-7, 6-2 BIG EAST) got on top early in the second inning with a 2-0 lead as catcher Doug Elliot hit a two-RBI double into left center. After a four-pitch walk was given up to Olt, Kevin Vance singled up the middle to put two runners on base with one out. Elliot then recorded his 13th hit and his ninth and 10th RBI of the year.
Villanova (18-10, 2-6 BIG EAST) put two runners in scoring position with no outs in the top of the seventh inning but the Huskies were able to get out of the frame without allowing a run. Junior Mike Olt recorded the first out of the inning as he made a spectacular play at third with a perfect throw across the diamond to Nemeth at first. UConn starting pitcher Greg Nappo then struck out Adam Nelson before getting Marlon Calbri to fly out to deep right field to end the inning.
Nappo threw all nine innings for his first complete game of the year as finished the BIG EAST contest allowing six hits and no runs to improve to 4-3 on the year. Villanova's Kyle Helisek took the loss to drop to 3-3 this season for the Wildcats. Helisek threw six innings, allowing four runs and three walks.
With the shutout victory, the Huskies earn their 21st win of the season, including their ninth straight. The shutout marks the Huskies' first of the year, while Nappo picks up his first as well. UConn allowed no earned runs in today's double-header against Villanova and outscored the Wildcats 6-1.
Nemeth finished game two of the double-header with two hits, one RBI and one run scored, while Elliot added two RBI.
UConn returns to action on Sunday afternoon in its final game of the BIG EAST Conference series against Villanova. The contest will begin at noon at J.O. Christian Field.