April 17, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - A two-run homerun by freshman Nick Ahmed led the University of Connecticut baseball team over Georgetown 9-5 in BIG EAST Conference play on Friday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
UConn put together a five-run second inning and a four-run third inning to down the Hoyas and improve to 20-15 on the year and 7-6 in conference play. Georgetown falls to 10-23 overall and 3-10 in the league.
The Huskies took charge in the bottom of the second as freshman George Springer led off the inning with a line drive to Hoyas' starting pitcher, Tim Adleman, who was able to get his body out of the way of the hit. The freshman then advanced to third on a Peter Fatse base hit up the middle before scoring as Mike Nemeth recorded his team-leading 44th hit of the season.
UConn continued to tack on runs in the inning and finished with five runs off sixth hits, including RBI singles from both Joe Pavone and Harold Brantley Jr. Brantley picked up two RBI as he singled through the right side of the infield to put the Huskies up 5-1.
In the third inning the Huskies added four runs off two hits and three Georgetown errors to take a 9-1 lead as Ahmed recorded his second homerun of the year with a two-run shot over the right center fence.
The Hoyas added their second run in the fourth inning as Kelly Muir singled up the middle to score Greg Pustizzi to cut the UConn lead to seven at 9-2.
Georgetown pulled Adleman after the third inning as he allowed nine hits and nine runs, including eight earned. Bobby Kirby took the hill in the fourth and allowed one hit but walked four in 2.2 innings of work. Georgetown's Cary Pillgian threw 2.1 innings while striking out one and allowing just one hit.
UConn threatened in the bottom of the fifth as they loaded the bases with no outs before Kirby forced a fielder's choice groundout, an infield popup and a fly out to centerfield to end the inning. The Hoyas added two more runs in the sixth inning as Tom Elliot pulled a leadoff homerun down the right field line. His fifth homerun of the season came before Chip Malt singled to left center to score Muir, who reached base on a fielding error by UConn.
Folino earned the win on the afternoon, for his team-leading fifth of the season, as he allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in six innings of work. He also struck out seven.
The Hoyas added another run with a two-out rally in the seventh inning as a single to left center by Pustizzi scored Elliot from second. Elliot earned his way to second as he doubled down the left field line with two outs. Bob Van Woert threw 2.0 innings and struck out three, while allowing two hits and one run for the Huskies.
Dan Mahoney took the hill to close out the game for the UConn as he struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth then was able to get the final batter to fly out to right field to end play in UConn's favor.
Brantley finished the game with two hits and two RBI as Pavone added one hit, two runs and two RBI. Ahmed's homer was his only hit of the ballgame, while he finished the game with two RBI as well. Nemeth also chipped in with two hits and one RBI.
UConn will take on Georgetown in game two of the three-game BIG EAST series on Saturday afternoon in a 1:00 p.m. match-up at J.O. Christian Field.