April 20, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Freshman George Springer went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and six RBI as the University of Connecticut baseball team downed Quinnipiac University 14-4 in non-conference action at J.O. Christian Field on Monday afternoon.
With the victory, the Huskies improve to 22-16 overall as the Bobcats drop to 10-24 on the year.
Springer used a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning to help the Huskies to victory, marking his team-leading 11th homerun of the season. He also added two singles and a double to his hit tally in today's contest.
Quinnipiac scored first in today's ballgame as the Bobcats picked up two runs in the top of the first inning as they recorded two hits to take the early lead. A walk, a balk and a wild pitch helped the Bobcats get their two runs before UConn answered back in the bottom of the inning.
Springer hit a shot over the center field fence to put UConn up 3-2 in the first inning as Brannon and Burnett scored on the freshman's hit. The two Huskies reached base on singles to the outfield prior to Springer's long ball.
In the second inning, UConn added another run to make the score 4-2 as three singles to open the inning put Joe Pavone on third base. Pavone then scored on a Brannon sacrifice fly to right field to give the Huskies a two-run advantage.
Pierre LePage walked to leadoff the bottom of the fourth inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Harold Brantley Jr. Three consecutive singles by Brannon, Burnett and Springer added another two runs as LePage scored on Burnett's single to right center. Brannon crossed the plate on Springer's hit for his fourth RBI of the ballgame.
Peter Fatse recorded his team-leading 13th double of the season with a shot to the center field wall that scored both Burnett and Springer to put the Huskies up 8-2. Pavone added a hard hit single to centerfield to score Fatse and give the Huskies a six-run lead at 9-2 midway through the ballgame.
Quinnipiac added another run in the fifth inning as Kyle Nisson reached base on an infield throwing error then scored as Michael Amanti tripled to deep left center off UConn starter, Dave Fischer.
The Huskies continued to improve on their run tally as Burnett singled home LePage from third with a base hit up the middle. Springer followed with a bases clearing double down the line to record his fifth and sixth RBI of the game as he put the Huskies up 12-3.
The Bobcats gave the Huskies some trouble in the top of the sixth inning as Fischer gave up a leadoff walk, a single and then another walk to load the bases with no outs. Head Coach Jim Penders took Fischer out after throwing five innings. The freshman gave up three runs; two earned, four hits and four walks, as he struck out five in just his second start of the season.
Junior Trent DeLazzer took the mound in the sixth to relieve Fischer with the bases loaded and no outs and was able to strike out the first two batters he faced then was able to get Chris Migiani to hit a ground ball to Nick Ahmed at short to get the force at second base and end the inning with no runners crossing the plate for the Bobcats.
DeLazzer allowed one hit in the seventh inning as Joe Poletsky homered over the left field fence to record the Bobcats' fourth run of the game. Freshman Kevin Vance took the mound in the eighth inning as he retired three straight batters. Senior David Erickson came into the game in the ninth for the Huskies as he struck out two batters to end the contest.
Quinnipiac starter Kyle Birdsall took today's loss as he lasted 3.1 innings and allowed 10 hits, nine runs and one walk. Andrew Rinaldi took the hill to replace Birdsall as he went 1.2 innings allowing three hits and three runs, as two were earned.
Fisher earned the win in today's game, his first career victory with the Huskies.
UConn will take on Fairfield on Tuesday, April 21 in non-conference action at J.O. Christian Field. The contest is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.