April 17, 2011
PLAYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - LJ Mazzilli went 4-for-6 with three runs scored as the UConn baseball team finished its sweep of the Villanova Wildcats with a 10-2 victory on Sunday afternoon.
UConn (21-12-1, 10-2 BIG EAST) took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning then extended its advantage with one run in the third, four in the fourth and two in the fifth.
John Andreoli went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, while Doug Elliot chipped in with two runs and one RBI. Both George Springer and Mazzilli recorded two doubles a piece in UConn's fourth straight victory.
Mazzilli led off the first inning with a double to right center then scored on a Springer double to left field. Springer, who extended his current hit streak to 13 games with his two-hit performance, scored on a Mike Nemeth RBI single up the middle to give UConn the early 2-0 lead.
Villanova (13-21, 2-10 BIG EAST) cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the frame before UConn tallied a run in the third inning to take a 3-1 advantage. In the fourth inning, UConn scored four runs on five hits and one Villanova error.
Andreoli led off the frame with a bunt single then scored on an Elliot double to right field. After a Wildcat error, Billy Ferriter connected for his own bunt single as Elliot scored on the play.
Nick Ahmed registered his third sacrifice fly of the season to score Tim Martin from third later in the inning before Springer doubled for the second time of the contest, scoring Ferriter from second base.
UConn added two more runs in the fifth using back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases. Mazzilli sparked the two-run inning as he singled through the right side of the infield to plate two Huskies and extend UConn's lead to eight at 9-1.
Villanova tallied its second run in the sixth on three hits but the Wildcats' rally fell short as they stranded three runners on base.
Freshman Brian Ward earned the win for his first career victory as he went five innings and struck out a career-high seven batters.
UConn's final run came in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Ahmed, which scored Mazzilli for the third time of the contest.
In the sixth, Ryan Moore came out of the bullpen for the Huskies as he threw two innings, allowing four hits and one run, while striking out two. Will Jolin threw a frame for the Huskies as he gave up one hit and struck out one as well. Dan Feehan closed out the game for UConn as he retired the side to secure the eight-run victory for the Huskies.
Villanova's Stephen Ostapeck (2-1) took the loss as he allowed nine hits and seven runs, two earned, in 3.2 innings of work. The Wildcats threw five pitchers in today's contest.
UConn will travel to Amherst, Mass. on Monday, April 18 for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference game against UMass. Live stats are available via UConnHuskies.com.