May 26, 2010
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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Billy Ferriter tripled in the bottom of the seventh to put the Huskies ahead by one as the University of Connecticut baseball team went on to defeat Cincinnati 9-6 in the Huskies' first game of the 2010 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
With the win, UConn will advance into the winner's bracket and will face sixth-seeded Rutgers on Thursday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Ferriter's team-leading fifth triple of the year scored Joe Pavone from first to give UConn (44-12) a 7-6 lead before the redshirt freshman scored on sacrifice fly by John Andreoli to put the Huskies ahead by two.
The Huskies fell behind the Bearcats (29-28) 6-3 after five and a half innings before rallying in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs on two hits and one Cincinnati error.
Dan Feehan earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year as he allowed two hits and one earned run in three innings of work. He also struck out a career-high four batters. Kevin Vance took the hill in the ninth and earned his team-leading eighth save of the season. Vance struck out one and walked one batter as well.
Nick Ahmed recorded his fourth sacrifice fly of the year to put the Huskies on the board in the first inning after Pierre LePage tripled to open the bottom of the frame. For LePage, it was his third triple of his career as he missed a leadoff home run by a few inches at the right field wall.
Cincinnati tied the ballgame at one with a solo home run by Justin Riddell in the top of the second inning. The homer was the fourth allowed by UConn's starter Elliot Glynn this season. The Bearcats took a 2-1 lead in the frame, led by a Jamel Scott RBI single to left field.
George Springer recorded an RBI single to center to tie the contest at two as LePage crossed the plate for the second time of the afternoon.
Cincinnati took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth on three hits. Freshman Dan Feehan took the hill for the Huskies after Glynn went four innings, allowing five hits and four runs, while striking out four batters.
The Bearcats loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but a ground ball to short by T.J. Jones gave Ahmed an easy play at the plate to register the first out of the inning. Another fielder's choice scored Cincinnati's sixth run of the contest as Jamel Scott beat the throw home to give the Bearcats a 6-3 advantage. Riddell then grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
Ahmed hit his second sacrifice fly of the contest as he sent the ball deep into centerfield to score Billy Ferriter from third to cut the Bearcat lead to two at 6-4. Nemeth's 86th hit of the season broke UConn's single-season record of 85 hits held by Mike Scott in 2001, as it sent two Huskies across the plate to knot the ballgame at six after six complete innings.
Ferriter hit his fifth triple of the year to score Joe Pavone from first to give UConn the one-run lead in the seventh. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by John Andreoli, putting the Huskies ahead by 8-6. UConn added another run in the eighth as Kevin Vance recorded an infield RBI single to extend the Huskies lead to three.
Springer finished the afternoon 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs. LePage added two hits and three runs, while both Vance and Nemeth chipped in with two hits a piece.
The Huskies will return to action on Thursday, May 27 in a 1:00 p.m. contest against Rutgers.