June 4, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Connecticut baseball team scored 10 runs in the first four innings to cruise to a 13-3 victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon during 2011 NCAA Tournament play in Clemson, S.C.
UConn (42-18-1) tallied five runs in the second inning to break open the game then added three runs in the third and two in the fourth to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Sacred Heart scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to seven but the Huskies controlled the game and came out with their 26th all-time NCAA Tournament victory.
With the win, UConn eliminates Sacred Heart (34-23) from the tournament as the Huskies earn the right to play again at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Huskies will play the loser of the Saturday night match-up between Coastal Carolina and Clemson.
Redshirt senior Greg Nappo earned the nod for the Huskies in today's ballgame as he made his 15th start of the season. Nappo gave up one hit and two walks in three innings of work before Pat Butler took the hill for the Huskies in the fourth inning.
Mike Nemeth finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and one RBI, while Billy Ferriter went 3-for-4 with two RBI as UConn scored 13 runs on 18 hits in the contest. Ryan Fuller added a 4-for-5 performance as well.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the second inning, Ferriter singled through the left side of the infield to plate UConn's first two runs of the ballgame. The Huskies went on to score five runs in the frame led by an RBI double by LJ Mazzilli and an RBI single by John Andreoli.
The Huskies added three runs in the third inning as Nick Ahmed singled to left field to score Nemeth from second base. Nemeth led off the frame with his second straight double of the contest then scored on Ahmed's 55th hit of the season. For Nemeth, the leadoff double was the 70th two-bagger of his career. Tim Martin also chipped in during the frame as he hit a two-run double to extend UConn's lead to 8-0.
In the fourth, the Huskies scored two more runs as an error and a balk put Mazzilli on second to lead off the inning. An RBI single up the middle by Andreoli scored one run, while Ryan Fuller hit his team-best 25th double of the season to give UConn a 10-0 advantage.
After Sacred Heart scored three runs in the fourth, UConn shutout the Pioneers in the final five innings of play. UConn added three runs in the top of the ninth on five hits, including a George Springer RBI triple to right field.
Butler gave up seven hits and three earned runs in four innings of work as he earned the win, improving to 3-1 on the year. Freshman Anthony Marzi came out of the bullpen for the Huskies and threw the last two innings as he did not allow a hit in his seventh appearance of the season.
Sacred Heart's Nick Leiningen pitched two innings and gave up seven hits and eight runs as he took the loss, falling to 7-4 on the year. Five Huskies recorded multiple-hit games, led by Nemeth who picked up his 25th of the season.