April 24, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Mike Olt homered in the fifth inning as the UConn baseball team took game one of the Saturday afternoon BIG EAST double-header 6-3 at J.O. Christian Field.
Olt's 11th homer of the year put the Huskies up 5-3 after five innings as he finished game one 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
With the win, UConn improves to 32-7 overall and 12-2 in the league standings, while extending its win streak to 20 games.
After Rutgers went ahead 3-2 in the third, UConn tied the ballgame on a base hit by Olt into left field.
Mike Nemeth singled into right field with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning then scored on Olt's 32nd career home run. Pierre LePage extended UConn's lead with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning as UConn took a 6-3 advantage.
Rutgers had an early lead on the Huskies as the third pitch of the ballgame was sent over the centerfield wall by Michael Lang to give the Scarlet Knights the first lead in the opening game of today's double-header. UConn starting hurler, Greg Nappo bounced back, and despite hitting one batter in the frame, caught two Scarlet Knights looking to record his first two strikeouts of the contest.
UConn tied the game at two on three hits in the second inning as John Andreoli connected on a base hit past a diving Rutgers' Dan Betteridge at short to score Kevin Vance. Olt scored the Huskies' first run of the contest prior to Vance crossing the plate as Billy Ferriter recorded his 15th RBI of the season.
Olt's home run in the fifth scored both the tying and game winning runs to secure the Huskies' 12th consecutive BIG EAST victory.
Nappo threw seven innings for the Huskies as he improved to 6-3 on the year. The redshirt junior allowed nine hits, two walks and three earned runs. He also struck out eight, tying his career-high in strikeouts.
Dan Feehan, who began the afternoon singing the National Anthem prior to today's ballgame, took the hill in the eighth and threw six straight strikes to record two strikeouts on the first two batters faced. Feehan threw two innings, while allowing one hit in his first career save.
Rutgers' Casey Gaynor took the loss to drop to 5-4 on the year as he went six innings, allowing nine hits and six runs, while striking out four. Dennis Hill also threw two innings, allowing one walk and two hits.
UConn will take on Rutgers in game two of the Saturday double-header beginning at 3:05 p.m.