April 21, 2010
STORRS, Conn. -
Billy Ferriter went 4-for-4 as the No. 21 UConn baseball team cruised to a 14-9 victory over Rhode Island on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
Ferriter added two runs and one RBI as UConn (28-7) extended its win streak to 17 straight games.
The Huskies took a 9-0 lead after two innings of play as Mike Nemeth and Mike Olt recorded back-to-back RBI hits, including Nemeth's 11th double of the season in the opening inning.
UConn added seven runs in the second frame on seven hits and one URI (18-17) error. With the bases loaded, Pierre LePage recorded his 39th hit of the season to score two UConn runners. Nick Ahmed followed with an RBI single into center before Nemeth hit a two RBI single to extend the Huskies' lead. Olt also chipped in with an RBI double, his eighth two-bagger of the season.
Rhode Island got on the scoreboard in the third inning as UConn hurler Bob Van Woert gave up a grand slam to Kyle Borden. With the score 9-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth, UConn answered back with four runs on four hits.
In that inning, Doug Elliot got into the mix with an RBI single up the middle to record his 12th RBI of the year. Both Ferriter and John Andreoli recorded RBIs in the inning as Ferriter picked up his third triple of the season.
The Huskies were able to add a run in the seventh to extend their lead to 14-5 before the Rams put together their own ninth-inning rally as they recorded four runs in the inning before Ryan Thompson was able to get the last out of the ballgame.
Van Woert improves to 4-0 on the year in his seventh start for the Huskies as he went seven innings, allowing five hits, five earned runs and two walks. Thompson threw two innings, allowing three hits, four runs, two of which were earned, and three walks. Mike Bradstreet earned the loss for URI to drop to 2-1.
Olt finished the afternoon with three hits and two RBI, while Nemeth went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI. Both Andreoli and Elliot added two hits a piece.
UConn returns to action on Thursday, April 22 at Holy Cross. This make-up game is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.