April 18, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - The UConn baseball team scored runs in each of the first five innings, capped by three four-run frames, to cruise to an 18-3 victory over UMass on Monday afternoon in non-conference action.
The Huskies opened today's game with eight runs in the first two innings to jump out to an 8-2 lead before extending their advantage to as much as 16 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
George Springer led the way with a 2-for-4 performance along with four RBI and two runs scored. Doug Elliot continued to hit well for the Huskies as he finished the afternoon with two hits and three RBI, while both Mike Nemeth and Tim Martin homered for the Huskies.
Today's win marked the fifth straight for the UConn ballclub as the Huskies improve to 22-12-1 on the year. UMass drops to 11-17 with the loss.
UConn went on to score 18 runs on 18 hits, while the Huskies' pitching staff held the Minutemen to just two runs on six hits. David Fischer started today's contest and went three innings as he gave up six hits and two runs. Freshman Anthony Marzi made an appearance in his first collegiate game as he also threw three innings, striking out three without allowing a hit or a run. The Berlin, Conn. native earned the win for the Huskies as well.
Stephen Catalina threw the final three innings for UConn to earn his first career save. He struck out three batters and gave up three hits as well as a ninth-inning run in his eighth appearance of the season.
Three doubles in the first inning led to all four of UConn's runs in the frame, led by a two-RBI double by junior John Andreoli. Both Ryan Fuller and Elliot tallied doubles in the frame to plate two more Huskies. Nemeth's home run, his second of the year, came in the Huskies' four-run second inning. An infield single, a hit batter and a Minutemen error loaded the bases for Springer, who cleared them immediately with his team-leading 15th double of the season.
Nemeth walked to lead off the fourth inning before scoring on Martin's second homer of the year, which capped the three-run inning.
Springer, Nemeth, Elliot and Martin each recorded an RBI in the fifth as the Huskies scored four more runs to extend its lead to 17-2. UConn plated its last run in the seventh as John Sulzicki scored on a passed ball.
Fuller finished the game with a 3-for-4 outing, including two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored. Martin added two hits and three RBI, while LJ Mazzilli and Nick Ahmed recorded three and two hits, respectively.
Massachusetts's Joe Popielarczyk took the loss as he gave up seven hits and eight runs in 1.1 innings of action on the hill.
UConn will host Fairfield in non-conference play on Tuesday, April 19 at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.