April 27, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 20/21 UConn baseball team used a 7-run sixth inning to turn a two-run deficit into a five-run lead as the Huskies defeated Bryant 14-6 in eight innings on Tuesday evening at J.O. Christian Field.
After an 86-minute rain delay, the Huskies and Bulldogs battled in a three hour long non-conference match-up, which was called after the eighth inning due to darkness. With the win, UConn improves to 34-7 on the year as the Huskies extend their win streak to 22 games.
Mike Olt led the Huskies' charge with his team-leading 13th home run of the season with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning. He finished the day with three runs scored, three RBI and one walk. Nick Ahmed finished the contest 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, while Mike Nemeth added one hit and three runs along with three walks.
UConn opened the game with three consecutive hits in the bottom of the first inning, capped by an RBI double by sophomore George Springer to take the first lead of the ballgame. Five of UConn's first six batters got on base in the first frame, as Nemeth and Olt both scored on a bases clearing single into the right center gap by sophomore Kevin Vance.
Bryant (19-19) put two runs on the board in the top of the second to cut UConn's lead to one as two UConn errors helped the Bulldogs get back in the game.
Bryant had a 3-run fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Nationally-ranked Huskies before UConn overcame the deficit and turned the game around completely.
Led by six hits from the Huskies' line-up, UConn added seven runs in the frame.
After a pitching change for the Bulldogs, Billy Ferriter opened the inning with a leadoff single to right center before advancing to third on a John Andreoli double. Pierre LePage grounded out to second for the first out of the inning but Ferriter scored for the Huskies to cut the lead to one.
Ahmed singled up the middle to send Andreoli across the plate to tie the game at five. Later in the inning, Nemeth was intentionally walked to load the bases for Olt, who earned a four-pitch walk for his 17th free pass this season. Olt's walk also scored Ahmed to give UConn its second lead of the game. A sacrifice fly by Vance followed by a Bulldog error scored the final Husky runs of the inning. Despite allowing a run to Bryant in the top of the eighth, UConn added four more runs to extend its lead and clinch the non-conference victory late in the game.
Trent DeLazzer started on the mound for the Huskies as he went 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs, while walking three and striking out three. Ted Hurvul threw 2.1 solid innings as he allowed one hit and struck out one batter. Hurvul earned the win on the afternoon for his third this season. Stephen Catalina threw the eighth inning for the Huskies and allowed one run and one walk.
Bryant's John Michael Ryan took the loss for the Bulldogs to drop to 1-5 on the year. He threw 0.1 innings, allowing four hits and five runs against six batters faced.
UConn will return to action on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field with a 3:00 p.m. contest against Central Connecticut State University.
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