April 24, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - John Andreoli singled up the middle in the bottom of the 12th inning to score the game-winning run as the UConn baseball team edged Rutgers 8-7 in 12 innings in the second game of the Huskies' Saturday afternoon BIG EAST double-header.
Joe Pavone singled to open the 12th then advanced to second on a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt by Billy Ferriter. With Andreoli's 44th hit of the season, Pavone scored the game-winner to give UConn its 13th straight BIG EAST victory.
With the win, UConn improves to 33-7 overall and 13-2 in the league standings, while extending its win streak to 21 games, a program-best.
Rutgers scored one run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 7-6 lead before Mike Olt's 33rd career homer tied the game and forced it into extra innings.
Olt got his barrel on the first pitch he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning and sent the ball over the left field wall for his 12th home run of the year. The Branford, Conn. native finished the afternoon 9-for-10 in two games played against the Scarlet Knights with two home runs.
Kevin Vance took the hill for the Huskies in the top of the 10th inning and retired the side before earning his first win of his career. Vance also finished the ballgame with one hit and one walk.
Rutgers scored its first four runs on three home runs as UConn starting hurler, Matt Barnes, allowed four runs on four hits in the first four innings of today's contest. Barnes entered today's game allowing just two home runs in his previous eight appearances this season.
UConn tallied two runs in the bottom of the first inning as Nick Ahmed doubled to left center in his first at-bat of the contest. Ahmed later scored on a Mike Nemeth single to short. Nemeth also scored in the frame as he advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored on a throwing error by the Scarlet Knights' Jayson Hernandez.
Rutgers' Jaren Mathews hit his second home run of the game in the top of the sixth, which was the fourth given up by Barnes in the contest. With the blast, Rutgers took a 6-3 lead.
Andreoli was robbed of an extra base hit in the sixth as Rutgers' Brandon Boykin made a diving catch in deep center field. Andreoli picked up an RBI on the play with the sacrifice fly as he recorded his 20th RBI of the season. With two outs, Pierre LePage reached base on an error by Rutgers' first baseman Matthews as Joe Pavone scored from second base on the mistake.
Barnes went seven innings, allowing six hits and six earned runs, while striking out a career-high 11 batters. Scott Oberg threw two innings and allowed two hits and one run for the Huskies before Vance came in to take the victory.
Olt finished today 9-for-10, while recording 10 hits in his last 12 at-bats for the Huskies. In game two of the double-header, Olt was solid, going 5-for-6 with one home run in the BIG EAST contest.
Pavone added three hits, three runs and two RBI, while George Springer chipped in with two hits.
UConn will have two days off before facing Bryant on Tuesday, April 27 in a 3:00 p.m. contest at J.O. Christian Field. Tuesday afternoon's contest is scheduled to be taped on Cox Sports Television and aired on Friday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.