May 14, 2009
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - The University of Connecticut baseball team scored eight runs in the first inning to take a commanding 20-6 victory over Villanova on Thursday afternoon in BIG EAST Conference action at Villanova Ballpark in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Matt Burnett finished the afternoon with four RBI while Pierre LePage and George Springer added three hits a piece. Springer chipped in with five runs scored, improving his team-high tally to 69 on the year.
Peter Fatse also led the way with a 4-for-5 performance with three runs scored and two RBI.
LePage and Nick Ahmed started things off for the Huskies in the first inning as they hit back-to-back singles to put runners on base right out of the gate. LePage was caught stealing as the Wildcats recorded the first out of the game before Mike Nemeth drew a walk, his 22nd of the season.
Springer knocked in the first run of the ballgame with a single up the middle to score Ahmed from second. With his 65th hit of the year, the freshman picks up his team-leading 55th RBI. Fatse followed Springer with his 62nd hit of the year as his single up the middle scored Nemeth to give UConn a 2-0 lead. Mike Olt also chipped in on the action, as he recorded a base hit to left field before advancing to second on a Villanova throwing error. Both Springer and Fatse scored on the play.
Sophomore Joe Pavone followed by hitting his second triple of the year into the gap in right center, scoring Olt from second base and giving UConn a 5-0 advantage. John Andreoli continued the Huskies' dominance in the opening inning with an infield single that was able to score Pavone from third.
Kevin Crimmel started for the Villanova pitching staff as he gave up seven hits and six runs in 0.2 innings of work en route to his fourth loss of the season. Kyle Carver took the hill to replace Crimmel as the Huskies recorded 21 total hits and 20 runs.
LePage picked up his second hit of the game in his second at-bat of the first inning as his single into center field scored Andreoli to extend the Husky lead to 7-0. LePage was able to score on a dropped fly ball in left field after stealing second base and advancing to third on a wild pitch to give UConn an eight-run first inning before the Wildcats recorded the final out of the frame.
Villanova added three runs in the first three innings off a solo homerun by Joe Rosati, a RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly. UConn continued to tack on runs with three in the fourth as Matt Burnett recorded a bases clearing double to put the Huskies on top 12-3.
UConn recorded one more run in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh as Burnett recorded his fourth RBI of the game in the sixth followed by LePage scoring on two Wildcat errors.
More trouble hit the Villanova defense as the Huskies recorded six runs in the top of the ninth to clinch the victory. After two quick outs, Will Hebard walked two straight batters before a RBI single by Fatse. A base hit through the left side of the infield by Olt scored both Fatse and Springer before Pavone's third hit of the ballgame with a double to right field that scored Olt. Harold Brantley Jr got into the action with a double of his own as Pavone came across the plate to give UConn a 20-5 advantage.
The Wildcats scored one in the bottom of the ninth but their rally was cut short as Scott Oberg earned his first career save.
Matt Barnes earned the win, improving his record to 5-2 on the year as he went six innings and allowed seven hits and five runs, while striking out six.
Olt finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored, while Pavone and Andreoli added three and two hits, respectively.
UConn will face off with the Wildcats once again on Friday, May 15 at 3:45 p.m. Saturday's (May 16) final regular season game for the Huskies will take place at 12:15 p.m. at Villanova Ballpark.