April 20, 2010
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - John Andreoli went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases as the University of Connecticut baseball team won its 16th straight game with a 12-2 decision over Fairfield. George Springer hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season in the Tuesday afternoon match-up at Alumni Diamond in Fairfield, Conn.
With the win, UConn improves to 28-7 on the year, while Fairfield drops to 14-17.
The Huskies tallied a run in the first three innings before extending their lead to 9-1 in the top of the eighth with a six-run frame.
Pierre LePage improved his hitting streak to 11 straight games and wasted no time in doing so as he opened today's contest with his 10th double of the season, sending the ball into the right field gap. After advancing to third on a bunt single by Nick Ahmed, LePage scored the first run of the ballgame on a passed ball.
Kevin Vance was hit by a pitch for the third time this year to begin the second inning then stole second after two quick outs were recorded by the Stags. Vance scored on an Andreoli RBI single up the middle to put UConn a head 2-0 before the Stags were able to get out of the frame.
For the third consecutive inning, UConn's leadoff man got on base as Ahmed picked up his second hit of the ballgame with another infield single. After stealing his second base of the contest, Ahmed scored on a Mike Nemeth groundout to first.
UConn's six runs in the eighth were all recorded with two outs as three straight infield singles began the UConn rally. Billy Ferriter singled to shortstop before Andreoli did the same. LePage followed with an RBI base hit to second as Ferriter was able to cross the plate. Ahmed then recorded his third hit of the contest with a single up the middle to score Andreoli and put runners on the corners. Springer earned a four-pitch walk to load the bases then was followed by a two-RBI single through the right side of the infield by Nemeth to give UConn a 7-1 advantage. Vance also picked up two RBI in the frame with a hit of his own to put the Huskies up 9-1.
Springer hit his 10th homer of the year in the top of the ninth with a three-run shot over the center field wall.
Trent DeLazzer earned the nod from head coach Jim Penders to start in today's non-conference contest as he went four innings allowing just two hits, while keeping the Stags scoreless and striking out four batters. With the win, DeLazzer improves to 1-0 on the year. Michael Zaccardo threw two innings and allowed three hits and Fairfield's first run of the game in the sixth inning. David Fischer, who was making his second appearance on the hill this season, also threw two innings, while striking out one batter. Stephen Catalina closed the game out for the Huskies, allowing two hits and one run in the ninth.
Fairfield's Warwich fell to 0-3 on the year with the loss as he went 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, three runs and three walks.
LePage finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, while Ahmed went 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI. Vance added two RBI on the day as Andreoli finished the game 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
UConn will return to Storrs, Conn. for a Wednesday afternoon match-up against non-conference foe Rhode Island. The battle against the Rams will begin at 3:00 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.