April 27, 2011
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - UConn scored three runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat Central Connecticut State University 16-14 on Wednesday afternoon in New Britain, Conn. The Huskies' run of 12-straight wins is the currently the top win streak in the nation.
UConn (29-12-1) was down 14-8 heading in to the seventh inning and tallied a four-run seventh followed by a three-run eighth to take control of the game. A three-run home run in the seventh by George Springer led the Huskies in the frame. The junior's 42nd career homer and second of the game cut the Blue Devils' (19-17-1) lead to two at 14-12.
In the eighth, the Huskies plated three more runs to take the one-run lead. With two outs, Tim Martin singled through the right side of the infield then scored on Tom Verdi's first career home run, which was sent over the left field wall. Verdi's second hit of the afternoon tied the ballgame at 14 before an RBI single from LJ Mazzilli scored Billy Ferriter from second base to tally the eventual game-winning run.
UConn added its 16th run in the top of the ninth as Springer scored on a Doug Elliot single to right field.
Springer was unstoppable in today's ballgame as he finished the afternoon 4-for-4 with six RBI and four runs scored. He recorded his first home run of the game in the sixth inning after fellow junior Martin homered for the fourth time of the year. Martin was 4-for-6 with four runs scored and one RBI on the afternoon.
CCSU scored 14 runs on 14 hits but could not stop the Huskies late in the game. UConn recorded nine multiple-base hits, including four home runs in the contest.
John Andreoli extended his hit streak to 13 games with a double in the first inning, while Springer extended his streak to 21 straight, which is currently a league record in 2011.
UConn's Anthony Marzi earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings despite walking three batters. Pat Butler started the ballgame and went four innings for the Huskies as he allowed nine hits and eight runs. Will Jolin threw 1.1 innings as he allowed five hits and six runs.
Central Connecticut's Boyd took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year as he gave up four hits and three runs in just an inning of action for the Blue Devils.
UConn will return to the diamond on Friday afternoon to begin a three-game BIG EAST Conference series at Rutgers. Friday's series' opener is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. at Bainton Field in Piscataway, N.J.
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