April 22, 2011
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Freshman Brian Ward struck out six en route to his second win of the season as the UConn baseball team swept Georgetown with a 6-3 win on Friday night at New Britain Stadium in the BIG EAST series' finale.
Ward threw a career-high 5.1 innings as he gave up six hits and three runs to the Hoyas (19-22, 2-13 BIG EAST).
Tonight's win marks the ninth straight for the Huskies, as they improve to 26-12-1 on the year and 13-2 in BIG EAST Conference play.
George Springer led the Huskies on the night as he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored as the junior extended his hit streak to 18 games. Mike Nemeth tallied two hits and two RBI for the Huskies as well.
UConn opened the game with a two-run first inning led by an RBI single by Nemeth and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Fuller. The Huskies added four runs in the fourth to extend its lead to 6-0. Nick Ahmed doubled down the left field line to plate two Huskies, while Nemeth also picked up an RBI in the frame.
Georgetown scored its three runs in the top of the fifth as Justin Leeson recorded his fourth home run of the season with a blast over the center field wall.
David Fischer threw 1.2 innings for UConn and did not allow a hit as he walked one and struck out two. Dan Feehan took the hill in the eighth and gave up three hits but got out of trouble in his 16th appearance of the season.
Kevin Vance made his 15th appearance for the Huskies as he came into the game to close out the ninth for the UConn ballclub. He gave up a leadoff walk but was able to get Paul Bello to ground into a 463 double play before forcing Leeson to fly out to end the game.
John Andreoli and Fuller each had two hits the Huskies, while Ahmed chipped in with one hit, two runs and two RBI.
UConn returns to action on Monday, April 25 as the Huskies host Quinnipiac at J.O. Christian Field beginning at 3:00 p.m.