April 22, 2010
WORCESTER, Mass. - The University of Connecticut baseball team recorded 27 runs and 25 RBI on 25 hits as the Huskies dominated Holy Cross by a score of 27-10 on Thursday evening in non-conference action.
UConn's 27 runs mark its largest tally of the year as the Huskies extend their win streak to 18 straight games. With the win, UConn improves to 30-7 on the year, marking the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Huskies have earned 30+ victories. The 27 runs also mark the most scored by the Huskies since their 21-6 win over Bowling Green on March 10, 2009.
Holy Cross drops to 19-17 as the Crusaders' John Colella fell to 0-2 on the year with the loss.
UConn scored seven runs in the opening inning on four hits and three Holy Cross errors. Mike Nemeth capitalized in the first inning with an RBI single to put UConn on the board first. Nemeth finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI as he extended his hitting streak to 19-straight games. The junior also recorded two doubles in today's contest to lead the team in that category with 13 on the year.
Mike Olt and Kevin Vance also continued to dominate at the plate as Olt recorded two doubles in his 3-for-6 performance, while adding his 10th home run of the year and four RBI. Vance hit one triple and one double in tonight's game and finished the night with three RBI.
Matt Burnett added his second homer of the year with a two-run shot in the top of the eighth inning before Olt and Vance hit back-to-back doubles to give UConn a 19-8 advantage.
Multiple base hits led the Huskies in the ninth as they scored five addition runs to extend their lead to 27-9 before Holy Cross scored one last run in the bottom of the frame. Olt highlighted the inning with a two RBI double before an RBI triple by Vance and an RBI double by Doug Elliot.
Pierre LePage finished the game 4-for-5 for the Huskies with three RBI, while Springer scored six runs, marking a career-high for the sophomore.
UConn's Ted Hurvul earned the win for the Huskies to move to 2-0 on the year. He went two innings, allowing four hits and two run. Freshman Pat Butler started in today's game for the Huskies as he went four innings, allowing seven hits and six runs.
UConn will begin a three-game BIG EAST Conference series at J.O. Christian Field on Friday afternoon against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights sit a top the league standings in a tie with the Huskies with an identical 10-2 conference record. Friday 's contest will begin at 3:00 p.m.