June 6, 2011
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CLEMSON, S.C. -
Ryan Fuller's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored LJ Mazzilli from second as the UConn baseball team edged Clemson 7-6 on Sunday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. UConn will face Clemson again on Monday night in the Clemson Regional Championship game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
After an hour rain delay, the Huskies (44-18-1) battled Clemson (43-19) in a three hour and 17-minute game to survive elimination and defeat the top-seeded program in the regional.
UConn's wins over Sacred Heart, Coastal Carolina and Clemson marked the first time since the 1979 season that UConn has won three consecutive NCAA Tournament games.
With the scored tied at six heading into the bottom of the ninth, LJ Mazzilli led off the frame with a single to left before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by John Andreoli. The Tigers' intentionally walked George Springer to put runners on first and second before Fuller gave the Huskies the boost they needed as he singled into left field, scoring Mazzilli from second, to win the game.
Elliot Glynn made his first start for the Huskies since throwing five innings at Notre Dame on April 9. The senior went five innings in tonight's contest as well, while allowing three earned runs, six hits and five walks. Dave Fischer came out of the bullpen for his first appearance in the Clemson Regional. Fischer gave up three hits in 2.2 innings of work before Dan Feehan took the hill for the Huskies. Feehan faced one batter in the eighth as he forced a groundout to end the inning.
Nick Ahmed finished the contest 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI to lead UConn, while Elliot added two hits and three RBI as well. Fuller finished 2-for-5 with the game-winning RBI single.
UConn scored first as Ahmed led off the bottom of the second inning with a double to right center before scoring on a single to right by senior Doug Elliot, putting the Huskies up 1-0.
Clemson tied the ballgame at one in the top of the third as Brad Miller singled up the middle to score John Hinson from second base. The Tigers took a one-run lead in the top of the fourth inning as Spencer Kieboom registered a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Jeff Schaus from third. Clemson added to its run total in the top of the fifth as an error by the UConn defense allowed the Tigers to score their third run of the contest. In the sixth, Clemson's Hinson recorded an RBI single to right field to give his team a 4-1 advantage.
UConn's Doug Elliot hit his second home run of the year with a two-run shot over the left field wall to cut the Clemson lead to one at 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Elliot registered the first three RBIs for the Huskies in the contest.
In the bottom of the eighth, UConn scored three runs on four hits to take a two-run lead. George Springer tied the ballgame at four as the Huskies laid down a squeeze play, which scored Springer from third and put runners on first and second as Ahmed was safe at first with a bunt single. Tim Martin registered his lone hit of the game as he singled to left, scoring two Huskies to give UConn a 6-4 lead.
Kevin Vance closed out the game for the Huskies as he earned his first win of the season. Vance gave up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning before the Huskies came right back with the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame.