May 11, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - A base hit by John Andreoli in the bottom of the eighth inning scored the game-winning run as the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Central Connecticut 6-3 on Monday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
With two on and two outs, Andreoli recorded his 19th hit and 11th RBI of the season with a single into center field as UConn took their first lead of the ballgame and the eventual win.
The Huskies defeated the Blue Devils for the 22nd time in program history, dating back to 1987 as they improve to 30-22 on the year. With the loss, Central Connecticut falls to 23-19 overall.
Central Connecticut jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning as the Blue Devils recorded three runs on four hits and one UConn throwing error, helped by a two-RBI single from Sean Allaire.
UConn starting hurler, freshman David Fischer, allowed three runs on five hits along with one walked batter in three innings of work before being replaced on the hill by Greg Nappo. Nappo gave up just two hits and no runs in five innings thrown as he earned the win for his third of the season.
Jason Foster came in for Tyler Riordan in the bottom of the sixth for the Blue Devils' pitching staff as he walked George Springer to leadoff the inning before recording two outs and walking Matt Burnett to put runners on first and second. Doug Elliot followed with a hard hit up the middle to reach base that scored Springer from third to cut the Blue Devils' lead to two at 3-1.
Springer started off the eighth inning with another leadoff walk as he forced his way through pitches from Blue Devils' reliever, Sean Parker. Junior Peter Fatse followed with his 10th home run of the year and 22nd of his career with an opposite field two-run shot over the left field wall to tie the ballgame at three.
After an infield single by Burnett, Doug Elliot earned his way on base with a walk to put runners on first and second with one out. Parker continued to struggle in the eighth as John Andreoli recorded a base hit to center field to score Burnett from second and give UConn the lead. Elliot followed across the plate as Andreoli moved to third as a throw by Central Connecticut's Allaire was sent out of play. Andreoli then scored on a balk by Parker to put the Huskies up 6-3.
David Erickson came in to close the game out in the ninth as he struck out two batters to end the game and earn his team-leading ninth save of the season.
UConn out-hit the Blue Devils 8-7 in the nine-inning game as eight different Huskies recorded a hit, while Fatse was credited two RBI on his homer early in the eighth inning.
The Huskies will travel to Boston College on Tuesday, May 12 for a non-conference match-up against the Eagles. Game time is slated for 3:00 p.m.