May 8, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Matt Barnes allowed two hits in his first career complete game shutout as he improved to 7-0 on the hill as the UConn baseball team overpowered Cincinnati 14-0 in game two of the Saturday afternoon double-header at J.O. Christian Field.
Barnes, went 4.1 innings without allowing a hit before giving up a double to Cincinnati's (24-23, 8-12 BIG EAST) Kevin Johnson. It was the only hit allowed by the sophomore starter until the ninth inning.
UConn (37-9, 16-3 BIG EAST) scored five runs in the second inning to pull away from the Bearcats and take a 6-0 lead. The Huskies added four runs in the third and two in the fifth to extend their lead to 12.
Pierre LePage scored UConn's first run of the contest as he led off the bottom of the first with a double into the left center gap, for his third double in the Saturday double-header.
In the second frame, Kevin Vance doubled to lead off the inning then scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Billy Ferriter. George Springer's bases clearing single into center gave the Huskies a 5-0 lead before he scored on a Mike Nemeth double into left center. For Nemeth, it was his team-leading 18th double of the year. LePage hit his fourth double of the day and second of the contest in the third inning as part of UConn's four-run frame. The Huskies added two more runs in the sixth on three hits and two Bearcat errors.
Mike Olt hit his team-leading 16th home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to mark his second home run in two games. Olt finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI.
LePage finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Nick Ahmed, Kevin Vance and Doug Elliot added two hits a piece. Ferriter added two hits, three runs and three RBI.
The Huskies will return to action on Sunday afternoon against Cincinnati in a noon contest at J.O. Christian Field.