May 16, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. - George Springer and Kevin Vance homered in the first inning to lead the No. 20/19 UConn baseball team to a 10-3 victory over South Florida on Sunday afternoon. The BIG EAST series' finale was called with two outs in the top of the eighth due to heavy rains in Tampa, Fla.
Springer, who hit his 17th home run with one out in the first, knocked the 0-2 pitch over the left field wall to put UConn (41-11, 18-5 BIG EAST) up 2-0 early in the contest. Sophomore Nick Ahmed scored on the play after reaching base on his 25th walk of the year. Mike Olt also walked in the inning with two outs before crossing the plate on Vance's seventh home run of the season as UConn took a 4-0 lead.
South Florida drops to 23-29 overall in 2010 and 14-10 in conference play after today's loss.
Bob Van Woert earned the start for the Huskies in today's ballgame as the junior went five innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs and two walks, while striking out four batters. In his 10th appearance on the hill this season, Van Woert improved to 6-1 with the win.
UConn's Dan Feehan came in for the Huskies and threw two innings, while allowing one hit and one earned run. The Bulls' Andrew Salgueiro took the loss in today's game to fall to 1-2 on the year.
Springer also doubled in today's contest to pick up his third RBI of the game as he led the Huskies' charge in their four-run fourth inning. Pierre LePage and Mike Nemeth picked up RBI singles in the frame, while Ahmed added his third sacrifice fly of the year to assist in UConn's climb to an 8-0 advantage after three and a half innings.
South Florida scored one run in the bottom of the fourth and followed with one in each of the next two innings to cut the Huskies lead to five before UConn tallied two more runs in the top of the seventh. John Andreoli, who finished the game 3-for-4, tallied his lone RBI of the game with a single up the middle in the inning.
LePage followed with a sacrifice fly to score freshman Billy Ferriter for his 47th RBI of the season.
After a 34-minute rain delay, the contest was called due to the heavy rain with two outs in the top of the eighth inning.
Springer finished the contest 2-for-3 with his 13th double of the year, two runs scored and three RBI.
UConn will return to action on Tuesday afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. contest at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.