April 13, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut baseball team recorded 15 hits to down Hartford 19-2 in a Tuesday afternoon contest at J.O. Christian Field. Bob Van Woert threw six scoreless innings for the Huskies as he struck out five in his third victory of the season.
Van Woert (3-0) allowed just four hits to the Hawks (6-18) and hit two batters en route to UConn's 11 straight victory of the season. The win ties the longest win streak for the program since the 2003 season. UConn (23-7) recorded 15 hits and 19 runs in today's contest, led by three 4-run frames and a five-run fifth inning.
Mike Nemeth finished the afternoon 4-for-6 with three RBI and one home run. George Springer added his ninth homer of the year, while Mike Olt also hit a four-bagger to lead the Huskies. Springer picked up four RBI and two runs scored as well. UConn took a 4-0 lead early in the third inning, led by Springer's three-run shot over the right center wall. Olt responded two batters later with his own blast to left field to give UConn the four-run advantage.
In the fourth inning, UConn tallied four more runs to extend its lead to 8-0 as Billy Ferriter led off the frame with a double down the left field line. He scored on the next play, which was a single into right field by John Andreoli. After advancing to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a ground out, Andreoli scored as Nick Ahmed singled through the right side of the infield. After a pitching change for the Hawks, Springer and Ahmed were successful in their double-steal attempt then scored as Nemeth connected on one of his four hits in the contest.
The fifth inning brought trouble to the Hartford pitching staff as the Huskies scored five runs on one hit. Hartford's Bobby Gorski walked two and hit one batter to load the bases in the start of the frame before Pierre LePage singled into left to score one UConn runner. Ahmed forced a walk to record his second RBI of the game before Springer did the same. The inning ended with four walked batters, one hit batter and one wild pitch to give UConn a 13-0 lead.
The Huskies added four more runs in the sixth inning on two hits and four Hawk errors.
Hartford scored its two runs late in the game, with one in the seventh and one in the eighth, both of which were matched by UConn. David Fischer threw one inning for the Huskies as he allowed two hits and one earned run. Freshman Stephen Catalina went two innings, allowing one hit and one earned run as he struck out three batters.
UConn will travel to Providence, R.I. on Wednesday, April 14 to face Brown in a non-conference contest at Murray Stadium. Game time is set for 3:15 p.m. (EST).