May 9, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Cincinnati (25-23, 9-12 BIG EAST) put together a three-run sixth inning to take an eventual 3-2 victory over No. 20 UConn on Sunday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs, Conn.
UConn (37-10, 16-4 BIG EAST) rallied in the bottom of the eighth, putting two runs on the board but Cincinnati's Andrew Strenge threw a stellar game, going the full nine innings, while allowing two unearned runs.
Cincinnati's Jake Proctor connected on his first home run of the year with a shot over the right field wall to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Justin Riddell followed Proctor with a two-run blast over the left field fence to extend Cincinnati's lead to three.
Greg Nappo (6-5) gave up eight hits and three earned runs in 7.2 innings of work, while striking out six batters. Nappo gave up two home runs in the sixth as Cincinnati jumped to a 3-0 lead. Scott Oberg took the hill with two outs in the top of the eighth as he struck out Riddell to end the inning.
UConn put together a rally in the bottom of the eighth inning as George Springer singled down the right field line to score two Huskies to cut Cincinnati's lead to one. John Andreoli and Pierre LePage scored for the Huskies as Andreoli doubled down the left field line with one out to begin the Huskies' charge. LePage reached on a fielding error by Cincinnati's Chris Peters, his 13th miscue of the season.
Strenge returned to the mound in the bottom of the ninth and retired Mike Olt before allowing a single to center to Vance to put the tying run on first base.
Strenge struck out two batters in the frame before ending the game on a groundout to first base to secure the Cincinnati victory.
Oberg faced four batters and struck out three in 1.1 innings of work. Strenge took the win for the Bearcats to improve to 5-1 on the year as he threw his first complete game this season. He allowed two unearned runs and seven hits in nine innings.
Vance finished the contest 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, while Springer added one hit, two RBI and one stolen base.
The Huskies will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a 1:00 p.m. contest against Boston College on Monday, May 10. UConn will return to J.O. Christian Field on Tuesday, May 11 to take on Manhattan College in a non-conference battle at 3:30 p.m.