May 13, 2011
NORWICH, Conn. - Matt Barnes struck out nine in eight innings of work as the No. 18 UConn baseball team cruised to a 6-2 victory over Louisville on Friday night in BIG EAST Conference action at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. UConn will face the Cardinals in a double-header on Saturday beginning at noon at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs.
Barnes gave up six hits and two unearned runs in his 10th win of the year. With the victory he is now the third Husky in program history to record 10 or more wins in a single season, joining Tom Germano (11, 1976; 10, 1977) and Colin McLaughlin (12, 1979) on that list. With his 23rd career victory, Barnes now sits in second place among all-time Huskies in wins in a career and is three shy of Germano's first-place tally of 26.
UConn (35-13-1, 19-3 BIG EAST) never trailed in tonight's contest, taking an early 1-0 advantage in the second frame before extending its lead to six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
George Springer led the Huskies on the night as he finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Mike Nemeth added three hits and one RBI, while Doug Elliot chipped in with a multi-hit game as well.
John Andreoli recorded a single to center field to extend his hit streak to 20 games.
Louisville (25-25, 11-11 BIG EAST) scored two runs in the eighth but could not spark a rally as the Huskies won their sixth-straight conference game.
David Fischer closed out the ballgame for the Huskies as he allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out two, in the ninth inning. He faced five batters in his 19th appearance of the season.
Ryan Fuller scored UConn's first run of the ballgame in the second inning as he reached base on his team-leading 22nd double of the season. He later scored as Tim Martin registered his 28th hit and 20th RBI of the season.
Derek Self took the loss for Louisville, falling to 2-2 on the year, as he went 5.2 innings and gave up 12 hits and six earned runs.
Due to the change of Sunday's game being moved to Saturday as part of a double header, the youth clinic scheduled for May 15 at 10:30 a.m. has been cancelled. The clinic originally scheduled for May 14 at 11:30 a.m. will now be moved to 10:30 a.m. All participants registered for Sunday's clinic are welcome to attend on Saturday.