May 20, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 20/19 University of Connecticut baseball team went on to a 7-2 victory over Seton Hall at J. O. Christian Field on Thursday afternoon. Junior Mike Olt led the way with a career-best three home runs to set a single-season record with 20 on the year.
With a game-high three homers, Olt moved past Brian Packin's record of 19 set in 1999. Olt finished the game with a 3-for-4 effort and four RBI. Mike Nemeth chipped in a pair of hits in four at-bats as he extended his RBI tally on the year to 66 this season. Nemeth and Olt, who after today's game has 65 RBI, are in the midst of competing for the top spot on UConn's all-time single-season RBI list. Olt tallied 61 in 2009, which was a program single-season best prior to UConn's play last weekend.
The Huskies jumped out to a three-run lead in the top of the first inning after a Seton Hall fielding error sent Pierre LePage across home. LePage hit a lead-off double followed by a single from Nick Ahmed as UConn started the game with a pair of hits. Nemeth hit a two-run single to make it a 3-0 game with George Springer and Ahmed scoring.
Ahmed was the second UConn (42-11, 19-5) player to finish the game with a multiple-hit day, going 2-for-4 against the Pirates.
Olt hit the first of his game-high three home runs in the bottom of the third while Elliot Glynn kept Seton Hall scoreless, allowing four hits through three innings of work. UConn continued to lead through the top of the sixth when the Pirates scored their first run of the game.
Frank Esposito led off with a single to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Will Walsh. Seton Hall (18-29-1, 7-18) added another in the top of the seventh after Dan Feehan took over for Glynn to start the frame. Glynn finished the game with two strikeouts, allowing eight hits in six innings.
Olt was responsible with UConn's lone run in the sixth inning, hitting a home run to left center to leadoff. The Huskies led 5-1 at the end of six.
In the bottom of the eighth, Olt added a pair of runs to the Huskies' lead with a two-run homer to left. Nemeth singled to start the inning before Olt drilled one over the trees, facing a 3-0 count.
Feehan allowed one run in two innings while Kevin Vance walked one batter and allowed no hits and no runs in the final frame.
The Huskies continue their final regular season series on Friday taking on the Pirates at 1 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field.