March 4, 2010
UConn Game Notes
The Connecticut Huskies take on Cal State Northridge in a four-game series, beginning on Friday, March 5 in Northridge, Calif.
UConn enters game one of the series with a 2-1 overall record after winning its previous two contests at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Fla.
Cal State enters the weekend 4-2 with two wins coming at Matador Field, their home natural grass field.
QUICK HITS ON THE UCONN HUSKIES
• Head Coach Jim Penders boasts an overall record of 198-149-2 in six years and needs just two more wins to reach his 200th career victory.
• The Huskies are batting .295 as a team this season and have a team ERA of 3.58 with 29 strikeouts.
• UConn is returning seven starters from their line-up and four starting pitchers.
• Despite all of their losses to the MLB draft, the Huskies have been predicted to finish third in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll.
This is the first meeting between the Huskies and the Matadors as it is the Huskies’ farthest west trip in program history, surpassing the 2004 series with Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.
LEADING THE WAY
Juniors Mike Olt and Mike Nemeth both lead the Huskies with five hits in UConn’s first three games of the season. Olt has scored four runs as well as Nemeth has five RBI.
GAME-BY-GAME PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Game 1: Glynn (LHP) vs. Juarez (RHP)
Game 2: Nappo (LHP) vs. Tremlin (RHP)
Game 3: Barnes (RHP) vs. Wilyman (RHP)
Game 4: Butler (RHP) vs. Muren (RHP)
• Elliot Glynn struck out five in 5.0 innings last weekend against Northwestern.
• Greg Nappo threw six innings against Minnesota and allowed six hits.
• Matt Barnes earned the win against Minnesota last weekend, after entering the game in the top of the fifth inning. He struck out six in 2.2 innings of work, while allowing only one hit and one run.
• Pat Butler is making his first collegiate start on Monday night for the Huskies.
• UConn is batting .216 (11-for-51) against right handed pitchers in 2010 as they will face four righty starters at Cal State Northridge this weekend.
PENDERS’ CLIMB TO 200
Head Coach Jim Penders needs just two wins to earn his 200th career victory. Penders, who took over the reins of the UConn baseball team in 2004 for former head coach Andy Baylock, enters his seventh season with the Huskies.
BigTen/BIG EAST Challenge
UConn’s Mike Nemeth was named to the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge All-Tournament Second Team as the Huskies went 2-1 on the weekend, defeating both Minnesota and Indiana after losing their season-opener in 10 innings to Northwestern.
The junior went 5-for-11 with three runs scored, three RBI and one double. After leading the way with 22 doubles in 2009 - a UConn single-season program record - Nemeth has started where he left off, earning tournament accolades. He is one of four Huskies who recorded multiple base hits during the Florida tournament.
BIG EAST HONORS SPORTSMANSHIP
On March 2 the BIG EAST took a pause to recognize those who have recently excelled off the playing field with exemplary demonstrations of sportsmanship in honor of National Sportsmanship Day.
USF and UConn participated in an impromptu dance-off during the five-hour rain delay at the 2009 BIG EAST Baseball Championship.
USF and UConn found a unique way to entertain themselves during the five-hour rain delay before Game 8 of the 2009 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The teams began a dance-off that took on a life of its own just before officials postponed the game. After all was said and done, both teams shook hands and shared hugs.
IT’S SPRING(ER) TIME!
Currently in 2010, George Springer has 17 career home runs after hitting his first of the year against Indiana on Feb. 28.
Springer enters his sophomore season with the Huskies after earning UConn baseball’s first-ever BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honor in 2009.
Springer led the Huskies with 16 home runs, a UConn record for the most home runs in a single season by a freshman.
In 2009, Springer recorded 75 runs scored and 144 total bases, program-best tallies.
In addition to making the All-BIG EAST First Team, marking the first time a UConn player has done so since 2006,
Springer was named a 2009 Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA Freshman All-American and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He was also named to the ABCA All-Northeast First Team.
ON THE HILL
UConn boasts 20 players who can find themselves on the mound for the Huskies this season, including nine freshmen.
UConn’s returning pitchers combined for a 17-13 record and 234 strikeouts in 302 innings pitched.
In 2009, the UConn pitching staff set a program record with 455 strikeouts in a single-season.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Huskies were 12-9 at J.O. Christian Field in 2009 with another ‘home’ loss at Dodd Stadium.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
UConn’s strength appeared to be on the road in 2009 as the Huskies tallied a 17-6 overall record in road games during the regular season.
The Huskies were 8-2 in their last 10 road games of the 2009 regular season.
Mike Nemeth’s 22 doubles in 2009 broke the UConn single-season record in that category, while George Springer owns the single-season record in total bases (144) and runs scored (75).
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Mike Olt enters the 2010 season tied at 11th on UConn’s all-time home runs list with 21 in two years at Connecticut.
In 2009, both Mike Nemeth and Pierre LePage led the Huskies with 80 hits, while Nemeth and LePage batted .346 and .340, respectively.
Matt Burnett came up big for the Huskies in 2009, going 7-for-12 (.583) with the bases loaded, while batting .414 (29-for-70) with runners in scoring position.
2010 BIG EAST PRESEASON HONORS
George Springer was named to the 2010 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team after one of the most successful seasons in UConn history. Springer became the first UConn player ever to earn the honor as BIG EAST Rookie of the Year as he was also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
2010 PREASON BIG EAST COACHES’ POLL
UConn was chosen to finish third in the BIG EAST Conference according to the 2010 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Louisville took the top spot after winning the 2009 BIG EAST Championship crown as they defeated the Huskies 11-3.
Sophomore George Springer was named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team. In addition, he earned a spot on the All-PING!BASEBALL 2010 Preseason Second Team as well as the 2010 National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA) Pro-Line Athletic Preseason All-America Second Team.