April 29, 2011
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The No. 23 UConn baseball team fell to Rutgers 8-3 in BIG EAST Conference action on Friday afternoon. The loss halts UConn's win streak at 12 games.
The Scarlet Knights (15-23, 7-9 BIG EAST) scored eight runs off nine hits on the afternoon to win their seventh league contest.
UConn's Matt Barnes gave up five runs on six hits and walked three in five innings of work as he moves to 8-3 on the year.
After UConn went ahead 2-0 in the second inning, Rutgers tallied eight straight runs to take an 8-2 lead after six frames. The Scarlet Knights went ahead by one run in the bottom of the third with a three-run inning led by a two-RBI single from D.J. Anderson.
In the fourth, Rutgers scored two runs to extend its lead to 5-2 before plating three more runs in the sixth.
Mike Nemeth walked to lead off the second inning for the Huskies before scoring on a Ryan Fuller double to left center. Fuller later scored on a fielder's choice by Tim Martin to give UConn its 2-0 lead.
Fuller and Martin combined for UConn's lone run in the top of the ninth as Fuller led off the inning with a ground-rule double then scored on Martin's single to center.
Fuller finished the afternoon with two hits and two runs scored, while John Andreoli hit his fifth double of the season to extend his hit streak to 14 games.
Senior Elliot Glynn came out of the bullpen for the Huskies but gave up three runs on one hit and two hit batters. Glynn faced four batters and struck out one in his first mound appearance since April 9. David Fischer finished out the sixth for UConn as he came into the game for Glynn on the hill. Fischer gave up one hit in the frame.
Michael Zaccardo closed out the game for the Huskies, pitching the final two innings. Zaccardo allowed one hit and struck out three batters in his fifth appearance of the season.
Tyler Gebler threw a complete game for Rutgers as he allowed three runs on nine hits, while striking out five batters.
Game two of the three-game series will be played on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. Senior Greg Nappo will earn the nod on the hill for the Huskies as he enters the game with 20 career wins and a program-best tally of 261.2 innings pitched. He will face off with Rutgers' Rob Smorol, who will start for the Scarlet Knights.