May 21, 2010
STORRS, Conn. -
Pierre LePage and Mike Nemeth hit two home runs a piece to lead the No. 20/19 UConn baseball team to an 11-5 victory over Seton Hall on Friday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
With the four home runs in today's contest, UConn (43-11, 20-5 BIG EAST) has now hit 73 on the year to mark the most all-time hit in a single season by the Huskies.
In UConn's Thursday win over Seton Hall (18-30-1, 7-19 BIG EAST), the Huskies tallied their 19th conference win of the season, marking the most BIG EAST wins in a single season for the program. Today's win improves that record to 20.
LePage finished the day 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI as he recorded the third and fourth home runs of his career. George Springer also had a solid outing, finishing the contest 3-for-4 with one walk.
Seton Hall put two runs on the board to take an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as A.J. Rusbarsky doubled into the left center gap for his third two-bagger in two days for the Pirates.
UConn cut the Seton Hall lead to one as LePage reached base on an error then scored on a Nick Ahmed single through the right side of the infield. Mike Nemeth hit his 11th home run of the season to tie the game at two in the bottom of the frame.
LePage hit his third career home run in the bottom of the third to give UConn a 3-2 lead before the Huskies added four more runs in the frame on two hits and two wild pitches. The Pirates added two more of their own runs in the top of the sixth to close the game to within three runs at 7-4.
Scott Oberg took the hill for the Huskies with the bases loaded after David Fischer allowed two runs and five hits in the sixth inning as he was only able to get one out. Oberg was able to get Michael Rogers to groundout into a double-play to end the inning.
Oberg threw a career-high 3.2 innings in today's contest, allowing two hits and one earned run as he faced 13 batters.
LePage hit his second homer of the game with a solo shot over the left field wall in the sixth inning as UConn took an 8-4 lead. Nemeth hit his second of the contest in the eighth, adding three more runs to UConn's tally. Nemeth now improves to 12 homers on the year as he finished the game 2-for-4. Ahmed also added two hits.
Matt Barnes earned the win for the Huskies to improve to 8-1 on the year. Barnes is one of 13 all-time Huskies to record eight or more wins in a single season. Seton Hall's Frank Morris took the loss to drop to 1-8 on the year.
UConn and Seton Hall will battle in their final game of the 2010 regular season on Saturday, May 22 at J.O. Christian Field. Game time is set for noon with a short Senior Day ceremony to take place prior to first pitch.