JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (February 27, 2009) — The University of Connecticut baseball team scored four runs in the first four innings to take a convincing 6-4 victory over George Mason at the Kennel Club Classic, hosted by the University North Florida, on Friday afternoon.
Sophomore Pierre LePage (Wolcott, Conn.) started things off for the Huskies, doubling down the right field line on the first pitch of the ballgame. Teammate Mike Olt (Branford, Conn.) recorded his team-leading fourth RBI of the season as he singled through the right side of the field to score LePage from third and to put the Huskies up 1-0.
UConn added two runs in the second inning as redshirt sophomore Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) scored on a George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) single. Springer's base hit and RBI came in his first career at-bat with the Huskies.
After advancing on the throw home on Elliot's score, Springer recorded his first career stolen base before scoring on a freshman Kevin Vance (Solana Beach, Calif.) ground out to second base.
The Huskies added their fourth run of the game to take the 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) and Elliot led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Vance recorded his second RBI of the game as Fatse scored as Vance grounded out to third on a 2-2 pitch.
The Patriots scored their first run of the game in the top of the fifth as senior John Folino (Quincy, Mass.) gave up two walks before a single by George Mason's Krieger put his team on the board.
But the Huskies answered back quickly as Matt Burnett (Endicott, N.Y.) led off the inning with a solo homerun to centerfield. Elliot Glynn (Long Beach, Calif.) followed with an infield single and advanced to second on an Olt base hit. Fatse then loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch before Glynn scored as Elliot was also hit by a pitch. The run gave the Huskies a 6-1 lead.
George Mason scored another run in the top of the sixth inning but attacked the UConn defense in the ninth, scoring two runs off a two-run homerun by Henderson to cut the lead to 6-4. But their rally was cut short as senior David Erickson (Stratford, Conn.) finished out the game on the mound for the Huskies.
Folino threw six innings, while giving up six hits and two runs as he struck out a season-high seven. Modica threw 4.1 innings as he allowed 10 hits and six runs, while striking out five. Both Olt and Glynn lead the Huskies with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
UConn will take on host North Florida on Saturday, Feb. 28 in an 11:00 a.m. battle in Jacksonville, Fla.