May 20, 2011
CINCINNATI, Ohio - George Springer recorded his 46th career home run as the No. 15 UConn baseball team defeated Cincinnati 9-5 on Friday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Springer registered two hits and two RBI on the night, while Doug Elliot went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.
UConn (39-14-1, 22-4 BIG EAST) took an early 7-0 lead after scoring six runs in the top of the third inning before Cincinnati (29-25, 13-13 BIG EAST) scored five in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to two. The Huskies added two more runs in the eighth inning to extend their lead to 9-5 late in the game.
UConn's first run of the night game on a Doug Elliot RBI double to left field in the second inning. In the third, UConn tallied six runs on six hits, led by Springer's program-leading 46th career home run. The junior's 12th homer of the season put two more runs on the board for the Huskies, while John Andreoli also chipped in with two RBI on a single to right field in the frame.
Back-to-back doubles led off the eighth for the Huskies as Elliot recorded his second RBI of the game. Tim Martin followed with an RBI single to give UConn a 9-5 advantage.
Greg Nappo earned the win to improve to 9-2 on the year. The victory gives the redshirt senior his 24th career win as he ties teammate Matt Barnes for second place on UConn's all-time wins list. Nappo, who all ready owns the top spot among all-time Huskies in innings pitched (228.1), went 5.2 innings in tonight's contest and gave up nine hits and five earned runs, while striking out two batters.
UConn's David Fischer earned his first career save as he pitched the final 3.1 innings for the Huskies. The Scotia, N.Y. native walked two and struck out three in his 20th appearance of the season.
Andreoli finished the night with two hits and two RBI, while Ma rtin registered two RBI as well. Johnson took the loss for Cincinnati as he falls to 5-3 on the year.
Cincinnati will host UConn in both teams' final regular -season game of 2011 on Saturday, May 21. The series' finale is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium in Cincinnati.