May 1, 2011
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The No. 23 UConn baseball team won game three of the BIG EAST Conference series at Rutgers with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon. George Springer led the Huskies with two hits and three RBI.
UConn (31-13-1, 15-3 BIG EAST) broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fifth, led by five Husky hits, including an RBI single by Springer. LJ Mazzilli, who finished the contest with three hits, sparked the UConn four-run inning with his 19th double of the year to left field. Springer's base hit to right scored Mazzilli from second before Springer scored on Mike Nemeth's lone hit of the ballgame.
Nemeth's one RBI performance gives the senior 200 in his career, making him the only UConn player in program history to register 200 or more RBI in a career. He is also the only Husky to have over 300 career hits as well as 200 RBI.
UConn added two more runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-0 lead as Tom Verdi led off the frame with a base hit up the middle. Billy Ferriter reached on a bunt single before scoring on a two-RBI single to right by Springer.
Rutgers' (15-25, 7-11 BIG EAST) scored a run in the eighth and then in the ninth to cut the UConn lead to four. A UConn error scored the Scarlet Knights' first run of the contest in the eighth, while a double-play ball in the ninth plated Rutgers' second run.
Freshman starting pitcher Brian Ward improves to 3-0 with the win as he went 6.2 innings, while giving up two hits and four walks, while striking out five. Will Jolin finished out the seventh and pitched the complete eighth for UConn as he allowed two hits and one unearned run. Dan Feehan closed out the game for the Huskies in the ninth. Back-to-back hits and a four-pitch walk loaded the bases for the Scarlet Knights but a double-play ball and a ground out halted Rutgers' ninth-inning rally despite scoring one run in the frame.
Rutgers' Nathaniel Roe took the loss to fall to 3-7 on the year. Roe gave up 10 hits and six runs in 5.2 innings.
UConn will return to action on Saturday, May 7 in Norwich, Conn. as the Huskies will host USF at 6:30 p.m. at Dodd Stadium.