April 19, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - George Springer registered six RBI and two hits, including his fifth home run of the season, as the UConn baseball team downed Fairfield 13-2 on Tuesday afternoon to pick up its sixth straight victory. With the win, UConn improves to 23-12-1 on the year.
Springer, who hit his two-run homer down the left field line in the eighth inning, finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored, six RBI and one stolen base. His two-hit outing extends his current hit streak to 15 games. Fellow teammate Nick Ahmed led the Huskies with four hits as he went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Huskies scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to spark a 13-run, 16-hit afternoon. In the frame, Ahmed registered an RBI double to give UConn a 1-0 lead. After the Stags intentionally walked Mike Nemeth to load the bases, Fuller connected on a bases-clearing double to extend the Huskies' advantage to four.
Fairfield (12-18) scored its first run in the fourth inning to get on the board before UConn tallied three more runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 7-1 lead.
Doug Elliot led off the fourth with a double to right center then moved to second on a Tim Martin walk. Friel connected on a single to left that plated both Huskies before he scored on a Springer sacrifice fly, his sixth of the season.
In the sixth, UConn added four more runs to their count, led by a bases-clearing double by Springer as he found a gap in right field to give UConn a 10-1 lead. Fuller followed with an RBI single to center to score Springer as well.
Pat Butler (2-1) picked up his second straight victory for the Huskies as he went six innings, allowing four hits and one run, while striking out three. Will Jolin walked one of four batters faced in the seventh before Ryan Moore took over on the hill for the Huskies in the eighth.
Moore gave up two hits, two walks and one run in the eighth as he struck out three. Kevin Vance closed out the game in the ninth for UConn as he walked one batter and struck out two in his 14th appearance of the season.
Fairfield's Carmine DeVito recorded both RBI for the Stags, while Gavin McCullough dropped to 0-2 on the year with the loss. McCullough went 3.1 innings, allowing seven hits, seven runs and three walks.
UConn will host Georgetown in a three-game BIG EAST Conference series beginning on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field. Game two of the series will be played on Friday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. at New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Conn., while the series' finale is scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Storrs, Conn.