April 28, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Central Connecticut scored four runs in the second inning to lead the Blue Devils to an eventual 7-3 victory over the No. 20/21 UConn baseball team on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
A four-run second inning led by a solo home run from Pat Epps lifted the Blue Devils (18-15) over the Huskies, now 34-8 on the year, in the non-conference contest.
The loss for the Huskies marks their first since falling 4-2 at Louisville on March 27, while it also snaps UConn's win streak at 22 games.
Mike Nemeth hit his ninth home run of the year in the sixth inning to put UConn's first runs on the board as his three-run shot cut the Blue Devils' lead to four runs at 7-3.
Central Connecticut's Jason Foster had a no hitter through five innings before Nick Ahmed singled into center field for UConn's first hit of the contest to open the sixth. Foster went five innings as he allowed four walks, three hits and three runs while striking out three Huskies. He also earned the win in today's ballgame to improve to 1-1 on the year. Dave Krasnowiecki earned his first save of the year as he threw four innings to finish out the contest for the Blue Devils.
After Epps' team-leading ninth home run of the year, the Blue Devils put two runners on with no outs before a double down the left field line, a groundout and a base hit scored three more runs for CCSU to extend their lead.
Billy Ferriter robbed Chris Renzoni of an extra base hit in the top of the fourth inning as he made a diving catch in the left center gap to record the first out of the frame. Ferriter and the Huskies allowed just four runs to CCSU in the first four innings, but the Blue Devils added three more with two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
After the Blue Devils stretched their lead to 7-0 in the sixth inning, Dan Feehan intentionally walked Epps to load the bases with one out. Tommy Meade followed by grounding into a double play to help the Huskies out of the frame. UConn turned four double plays in today's contest, the most that the Huskies have recorded in a single game all season.
Feehan went 2.2 innings for the Huskies on the mound, striking out two and allowing four hits and one run on the afternoon. David Fischer, who took over the reigns in the third inning after Bob Van Woert left the game, threw 2.1 innings and allowed four hits and two runs before striking out four.
Van Woert took the loss, his first of the season, as he drops to 4-1 on the year. He threw two innings, giving up four hits and four earned runs.
Scott Oberg took the hill for the Huskies in the top of the eighth and struck out the first batter he faced before a fielding error by Pierre LePage and a base hit by Anthony Scialdone put runners on the corners with one out. Oberg was able to battle through Epps and strike him out to retire the Blue Devils' junior for the first time in the ballgame. The Huskies were able to get out of the inning without allowing a run as Oberg got Meade to fly out to right field to end the frame.
Oberg finished out the game for the Huskies as he went two innings and struck out two batters. He also gave up three hits and no runs.
Nemeth finished today's contest with one hit and three RBI. His sixth-inning home run extended his current hitting streak to 24 consecutive games.
UConn will return to action on Saturday afternoon with a double header at Pittsburgh, set to begin at 3:00 p.m.