May 30, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The University of Connecticut baseball team dropped a 3-0 decision to St. John's in the 2010 BIG EAST Baseball Championship title game on Sunday afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
With the loss, UConn's (47-14) run for its third BIG EAST Tournament title was halted after the Huskies battled out of the loser's bracket to contend for the championship crown. The Huskies will now await a bid into the NCAA Tournament as the 64-team field will be announced on Monday, May 31 at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN. The Huskies will look to make their 16th all-time NCAA appearance and their first showing in the event since 1994.
With the win, Rutgers improves to 40-14 on the year and will receive the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Red Storm's Kyle Hansen, the 2010 BIG EAST Tournament Jack Kaiser Award Winner, earned the win in this afternoon's contest to improve to 8-1 on the year as he allowed one hit in 6.1 scoreless innings.
St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Joe Panik doubled to right to score Joe Witkowski to give the Red Storm the first lead of the contest. The Red Storm added to their lead on Panik's second double of the ballgame, which scored Matt Wessinger from second. Another run in the frame gave St. John's a 3-0 lead.
LJ Mazzilli recorded the Huskies' lone hit in the first five innings of play until George Springer led off the bottom of the sixth with a stand-up double. Springer was left stranded on second after Hansen forced a fly out and struck out two Huskies to end the frame.
Springer picked up his second hit of the game in the eighth with an infield single before advancing to second as Mike Nemeth was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs. Both Huskies were left on base as Ryan Cole was able to get the final out of the inning.
The Huskies rallied in the bottom of the ninth as Mazzilli reached base on a fielding error by Panik before he moved to third on a base hit by Billy Ferriter. After Matt Burnett was hit by a pitch, Pierre LePage grounded into a double-play to end the ballgame.
Elliot Glynn, who started for the Huskies in today's contest, picked up his third loss of the season to fall to 7-3 on the year. Glynn threw four innings in the Huskies' postseason opener against Cincinnati and began the day coming off three full days of rest. The junior allowed three runs on nine hits to the Red storm in 4.1 innings of work.
Matt Barnes and Scott Oberg both threw for the Huskies in today's contest as Barnes came into the game to relieve Glynn in the fifth. Barnes allowed two hits in 1.2 innings of work. Oberg came out of the bullpen for the Huskies in the seventh as he went two innings, while allowing three hits and three walks. David Fischer came in to pitch the top of the ninth as he struck out three, while allowing one walk.
St. John's finished the game with 14 hits, while the Huskies tallied four as UConn was shutout for the second time of the season.
After finishing the tournament 13-for-19 with nine walks, seven runs scored and four RBI, Springer was named to the 2010 BIG EAST Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team, where he was joined by UConn first baseman Mike Nemeth. Nemeth finished the week with two home runs as well as 10 RBI for the Huskies. Billy Ferriter and Dan Feehan added to the list of Huskies that were named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.