April 29, 2009
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Matt Burnett led the University of Connecticut with one hit and three RBI as the Huskies outlasted Central Connecticut State University 9-7 in non-conference action in New Britain, Conn. on Wednesday afternoon.
Burnett gave the Huskies an early 3-0 lead in the first inning as he recorded a bases clearing double for his seventh two-bagger of the year.
With the victory, the Huskies' record improves to 25-20 overall this season as Central Connecticut dropped to 20-13.
UConn took a 7-0 lead midway through today's ball game as Burnett gave the Huskies a 3-0 lead after one inning before a single and an error gave UConn the five-run lead. In the fifth inning, Mike Nemeth led off the inning by being hit by a pitch then moved to third on a George Springer double. Both later scored on a single up the middle by Peter Fatse, who recorded the two RBI on the play.
In the sixth inning, Nemeth added his 18th double of the season as he recorded two RBI on the hit as both senior Dale Brannon and sophomore Pierre LePage crossed the plate for the Huskies.
Central Connecticut scored three runs in the fifth inning and one in the seventh before putting together a rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. With three runs in the eighth inning, the Blue Devils rally was cut short by the UConn defense as senior David Erickson threw 1.2 innings, allowing two hits while striking out three batters. Erickson earned his team-leading seventh save of the year in today's contest.
UConn freshman Matt Barnes
earned the win, improving his record to 4-1 on the year as he threw 6.0 innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs, including two earned, while striking out a game-high seven batters. Central's Foster took the loss, dropping to 0-1 on the year as he faced just 10 batters in today's ballgame.
UConn will travel to South Bend, Ind. for its BIG EAST Conference series against Notre Dame this weekend with the first game of the three-game series beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1.