May 21, 2011
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The No. 15 UConn baseball team fell to Cincinnati 7-4 on Saturday afternoon in the Huskies final regular season game of the 2011 season. UConn will be the No. 1 seed in the 2011 BIG EAST Baseball Championship, which begins Wednesday, May 25 in Clearwater, Fla. The Huskies will face No. 8 seed Notre Dame in the 8:00 p.m. game on the opening day of postseason play.
With today's loss at Cincinnati, UConn moves to 39-15-1 on the year and end BIG EAST regular season play with a 22-5 record.
Cincinnati (30-25, 14-13 BIG EAST) struck first, scoring the day's first run in the bottom of the third inning. A Justin Glass sacrifice fly plated Sam Vandenheuvel after the Bearcats' second baseman reached base on a bunt single. He moved to third on an error by LJ Mazzilli before scoring on the sac fly.
Cincinnati answered back with four runs on four hits in the fifth before tallying a run in both the sixth and seventh innings. UConn rallied in the ninth, scoring two runs, but the Huskies' fight was cut short. In the frame, Doug Elliot homered to left to plate two Huskies as Ryan Fuller scored on the play. Two groundouts ended the game in Cincinnati's favor.
With his 2-for-4 performance on the afternoon, George Springer extended his current hit streak to seven games. The junior posted a 21-game hit streak early in the season, which ended on April 29. Elliot added a two-hit, two-RBI effort for the Huskies.
Freshman hurler Brian Ward took the loss to fall to 4-1 on the year. He went 4.2 innings and gave up seven hits, four earned runs and three walks. Will Jolin, Dan Feehan and Ryan Moore all came out of the bullpen for the Huskies and combined for 3.1 innings of work.
Cincinnati's Dan Jensen earned the win to improve to 4-4 on the year. He went six innings and struck out seven Huskies.
More information on the 2011 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. can be found at BIGEASTBaseball.com.