April 14, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Matt Burnett went 2-for-3 with four RBI as the University of Connecticut baseball team cruised to a 10-2 victory over Hartford in a non-conference battle at J.O. Christian Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Huskies, now 18-15 on the year, used a five-run fifth inning to outlast the Hawks, who fall to 6-19 overall, as three hits, a wild pitch and a passed ball haunted Hartford starter, Bob Rogers, on the mound as UConn took a 5-2 lead midway through the ballgame. Burnett led the Huskies during their run with a double into the left center gap to score both Pierre LePage and Harold Brantley, Jr.
UConn continued to attack the Hartford pitching staff as they recorded two hits in the sixth to put three more runs on the board to take a 8-2 lead. Burnett recorded his second consecutive hit of the contest to score both LePage and Brantley once again for his third and fourth RBI of the game. During the three-run output, Hartford also committed two errors.
Hartford scored the first run of the contest in the first inning as Mike Amendola forced a two-out walk before scoring on a single by Andy Drexel into right center to put the Hawks up 1-0 early.
The Hawks added another run in the top of the fourth as UConn's failed pickoff attempt allowed Hartford's Brady Stouffer to cross the plate to put his team up 2-0.
Freshman David Fischer started on the mound for the Huskies as he allowed three hits and one earned run in 3.2 innings of work. He also threw three strikeouts. Scott Oberg came into the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning and was able to strikeout the one batter that he faced. But the failed pickoff attempt allowed Stouffer to score before Oberg could get the Huskies' final out of the inning.
UConn added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh on two hits led by Mike Nemeth who doubled to the left field wall to score Peter Fatse who reached base on a single through the right side of the infield to leadoff the inning.
Bob Van Woert also took the hill for the Huskies as he threw one inning, while striking out the side in the top of the eighth. He replaced Oberg, who allowed just one hit in 3.1 innings of work as he earned his second win of the year to improve his record to 2-0.
Dan Mahoney came into the game in the ninth inning to close out the contest for the Huskies and struck out three of the five batters faced to clinch the UConn victory.
UConn will return to action when it plays host to the Brown University Bears on Wednesday, April 15 in a non-conference match-up, which is set for a 3:15 p.m. start at J.O. Christian Field.