April 23, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Mike Nemeth went 2-for-4 with four RBI as the UConn baseball team earned its 19th straight victory with a 7-2 win over Rutgers on Friday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
With the win, UConn improves to 31-7 on the year and 11-2 in the BIG EAST. The 31 victories marks the sixth most wins in a single season for the UConn program, tying the same number of wins the Huskies scored during the 1979 season. UConn's 19-game win streak is the best current run in the country, while it is the third-best streak this season, following Arizona State (24) and UCLA (22). It is also the longest streak in UConn history.
Nemeth added 11 putouts on the afternoon as Mike Olt and Nick Ahmed added two hits a piece. George Springer recorded two RBI on one hit, while he walked three times. With two outs and runners on the corners in the first inning for the Huskies, Mike Olt singled through the right side of the infield past a diving Rutgers second baseman to score Nick Ahmed and give UConn a 1-0 lead.
With runners on first and second with one out in the top of the third, Elliot Glynn made a spectacular grab on a line drive hit from Jayson Hernandez then threw over to first for the double play to end the inning with the score knotted at one. After Rutgers' Jerry Elsing walked two straight Huskies in the bottom of the third inning, Mike Nemeth doubled down the right field line to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead. The Rutgers' pitching staff allowed four walks in the third frame and combined for five in the first three innings.
The Huskies added their fourth run of the contest in the fourth as Nemeth singled through the right side of the infield to extend the UConn lead. UConn loaded the bases for the third straight inning in the fifth after two walks and a base hit were given up by Rutgers' Rob Smorol but were unable to capitalize and stranded three runners.
UConn used four runs in the seventh inning to extend its advantage over the Scarlet Knights to five runs. The Huskies were led by George Springer, who recorded a two-RBI single up the middle.
Glynn went seven innings, while allowing five hits and two runs, none of which were earned. He also walked four batters and struck out two. Scott Oberg came into the ballgame in the eighth and threw a solid inning, striking out one and allowing one hit. Freshman Dan Feehan took the hill in the ninth and retired the side.
Rutgers' Elsing took the loss to drop to 2-1 on the year as he went 2.2 innings, allowing three hits, three runs and four walks. Rob Smorol threw three innings and allowed one run and three hits, while walking seven Huskies. On the afternoon, Rutgers walked 11 of 45 batters faced.
PLEASE NOTE: The Huskies will take on Rutgers in a double-header beginning at noon on Saturday, April 24 at J.O. Christian Field. The originally scheduled game for Sunday has been moved up one day due to the expected inclement weather coming into the state.
Please be advised that the youth clinic for Saturday has been moved up to a 10:30 a.m. start.