May 9, 2011
STORRS, Conn. -
The No. 20 UConn baseball team shutout South Florida 2-0 in its BIG EAST series' finale on Monday afternoon. With the win, UConn completes the sweep of the Bulls as the Huskies improve to 34-13-1 on the year and 18-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
Freshman Brian Ward struck out a career-high 10 batters en route to his fourth straight win of the season. He also threw eight scoreless innings, another career-high for the Milford, Conn. native.
UConn, the first team to claim a spot in the 2011 BIG EAST Baseball Championship in Clearwater, Fla., swept the Bulls to register its fourth BIG EAST series sweep of the season. South Florida falls to 22-25 on the year with the loss and 11-10 in league play.
The Huskies were led in today's ballgame by Ryan Fuller, who recorded an RBI double in the first inning to plate the only runs of the day. Fuller registered his 54th hit of the season with his team-leading 21st double as he connected for a shot down the right field line to give UConn the early lead.
George Springer and Mike Nemeth scored on the play as Springer walked to reach base before Nemeth singled to left field to give the Huskies a runner in scoring position.
Ward gave up six hits in his eight shutout innings, while he walked three batters. Kevin Vance closed out the game for the Huskies, throwing the ninth, as he registered his ninth save of the season. His save also marked the 17th of his career as the junior is now one behind former Husky Matt Karl's career tally of 18. Karl's mark currently stands in third place among UConn's all-time save leaders.
John Andreoli and LJ Mazzilli both had two hits for the Huskies in today's league contest as Andreoli's 2-for-2 performance extends his current hit streak to 19 games. Andreoli walked once and recorded a stolen base in the ballgame as well.
The Huskies return to action on Friday night at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. They will host Louisville in a 6:00 p.m. contest, which is the first game of their three-game BIG EAST Conference series.