May 22, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - Seton Hall scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning as the Pirates edged the No. 20/19 Huskies 3-2 at J.O. Christian Field in the final regular season game for both teams.
With the loss, UConn finishes the regular season with a 43-12 overall record along with a 20-6 mark in BIG EAST Conference play.
The Huskies now await their seeding for the 2010 BIG EAST Baseball Championship, which is scheduled to be released Saturday evening. The conference postseason tournament is set to begin on Wednesday, May 26 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. Game times will also be announced Saturday evening by the conference.
The Pirates (19-30-1, 8-19 BIG EAST) jumped on top with an early lead in today's ballgame, as they did in both games of the series prior to today's contest, going ahead 2-0 in the first inning on back-to-back hits from Frank Esposito and A.J. Rusbarsky.
UConn tied the game at two in the bottom of the third inning as both Billy Ferriter and Pierre LePage crossed the plate for the Huskies. Ferriter hit a single to left center with one out then advanced to second on a wild pitch to begin the Huskies' charge. The redshirt freshman then scored on a John Andreoli single to right field.
LePage singled to second then advanced into scoring position on a Seton Hall throwing error before scoring on a Nick Ahmed base hit to left, which tied the game at two.
After allowing two runs in the first frame, Greg Nappo kept the Pirates scoreless until he came out of the game after eight innings. Nappo allowed eight hits, two earned runs and two walks in his no decision. He also struck out four in the contest.
Scott Oberg, who threw a career-high 3.2 innings in Friday's win, took the hill in the top of the ninth and allowed one run and three hits before forcing a groundout double-play to end the inning. In the ninth, Oberg got a quick groundout before Will Walsh recorded a bunt single to reach base for the Pirates. A single from pinch hitter, Chase Gray, moved Walsh to second before he was able to score the game-winning run on a Chris Fontenelli base hit through the left side of the infield.
Nick Ahmed finished the contest 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Ferriter added a 2-for-3 performance with one run scored.
Benny Mejia earned the win for the Pirates to improve to 3-1 on the year. Jon Prosinski started for the Pirates and went seven innings, allowing eight hits and two runs, before coming out of the game. Mejia threw two innings of work, while keeping the Huskies hitless.
UConn will begin its quest for its third BIG EAST Tournament Championship title on Wednesday, May 26 in Clearwater, Fla. For more information logon to UConnHuskies.com or BIGEASTBaseball.com.