April 28, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - UConn recorded four homeruns, including two by freshman George Springer, as the Huskies defeated Bryant University 17-5 in non-conference action in Smithfield, R.I. on Tuesday afternoon.
Springer hit a solo homerun in the top of the third inning which hit off of the Bulldogs' scoreboard in deep right center to put the Huskies up 6-1 early in the contest. His second career grand slam and 13th homer of the season came in the following inning as Springer tied the UConn record for most homeruns in a single season by a freshman.
With the victory, the Huskies' record improves to 24-20 on the year as Bryant drops to 27-19.
UConn jumped to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first as Pierre LePage led off the inning with a double to left field before moving to second and scoring on back-to-back singles from Dale Brannon and Mike Nemeth. Springer followed as he loaded the bases with a base hit to the left center gap. An error by Bryant leftfielder Dan Mello put Matt Burnett on first and allowed Brannon to score.
In the bottom of the inning Bryant scored its first run of the game as UConn starting pitcher Bob Van Woert gave up a two-out walk to Nick Campbell who later scored on a Jeff Vigurs single down the right field line.
Springer's first homerun of the game came in the third inning off Bryant starter Brent Almeida. Almeida threw 3.0 innings as he allowed seven hits and six runs, including four earned.
Springer's grand slam came in the fourth inning as LePage got on base with a single to right field then moved to third on a Brannon single. Nemeth was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Springer's second career grand slam and 13th homerun of the season.
In the top of the fifth inning, junior Harold Brantley Jr hit his first homerun of the season with a two-out shot over the right center wall to give UConn an 11-1 lead. Freshman John Andreoli recorded his first career homer with a two-run blast about 420-feet over the left center wall to make the score 14-1.
Bryant finished the game with four runs in the final two innings as the Huskies added five runs. Andreoli and junior Peter Fatse both recorded an RBI in the top of the ninth inning as the Huskies ran away with the 17-5 victory.
The Huskies recorded 21 hits in today's contest, the most they have scored this season. Nemeth went 3-for-4 with four runs scored as well as two doubles, marking his team-leading 17th double of the season.
Springer finished the afternoon with three hits, four runs scored and five RBI, while Andreoli went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI. Pavone, Fatse, LePage and Brannon each had two hits for the Huskies in the win.
UConn will travel to New Britain, Conn. on Wednesday, April 29 to take on Central Connecticut State University in a non-conference in-state battle. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.