June 12, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of Connecticut baseball team fell to South Carolina on Sunday night by a score of 8-2 as the Gamecocks won the NCAA Super Regional two games to none. The Gamecocks, 50-14 on the season, now advance to the College World Series, which begins Saturday in Omaha. Connecticut wraps up the season with a 45-20-1 record as the Huskies made their first appearance in an NCAA Super Regional.
Connecticut went out to an early 2-0 lead and received a superb outing from senior starting pitcher Greg Nappo (Madison, Conn.), but the Husky offense stalled late as they hit into inning-ending double plays in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames.
South Carolina broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning as Christian Walker led off the frame with a home run to left field. Following an out, Adiran Morales doubled to end Nappo's outing. Nappo went 7.1 innings and gave up ten hits with five strikeouts and just one walk. He fell to 10-3 for the season.
The Gamecocks sealed the win with five runs in the top of the ninth inning. UConn pitcher David Fischer walked a batter to lead off the frame then committed an error to put runners on the corners. He intentionally walked Walker to load the bases before Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.) came into the game for the Huskies.
A sacrifice fly by Brady Thomas plated Evan Marzilli before the Huskies intentionally walked Morales to load the bases for a second time in the inning. A hit batsman scored Scott Wingo to extend South Carolina's lead before Peter Mooney followed with a two-run double to make it 7-2. Robert Beary added an RBI groundout to plate the Gamecocks' eighth run of the game before UConn got out of the frame.
South Carolina's Matt Price threw the final two innings and struck out four Huskies en route to his 18th save of the season. John Taylor earned the win as he pitched 1.2 innings, giving up just two hits.
UConn's early lead in the second inning saw the Huskies' record four-straight two-out singles. Junior Nick Ahmed (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored on a RBI single by junior Tim Martin (Stratford, Conn.) while Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was plated by sophomore Billy Ferriter (Nashua, N.H.).
South Carolina scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to tie the game. The Gamecocks went into the ninth with a 3-2 lead but scored five runs in the ninth to clinch the six-run victory.
UConn's Martin finished the night 2-for-3 with an RBI, while both Elliot and Ferriter chipped in with two hits apiece. David Fischer walked three and gave up three runs as he faced seven batters. UConn finished the night with two runs on 10 hits, while adding two defensive errors. Both of the UConn miscues came in the final two innings of the contest.