Baseball Begins BIG EAST Play at No. 7 Louisville

UConn will faced the Cardinals, who are 18-2 on the year.
UConn will faced the Cardinals, who are 18-2 on the year. UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

March 25, 2010

2010 UConn Baseball
Games 18-20
March 26-28, 2010
vs. University of Louisville
Jim Patterson Stadium - Louisville, Ky.

The UConn Huskies will open 2010 BIG EAST Conference play in Louisville, Ky. against the University of Louisville Cardinals on Friday, March 26 in a 6:00 p.m. match-up at Jim Patterson Stadium.

UConn enters this weekend's three-game series after winning its last three contests and currently boasts a 12-5 overall record (as of March 25).

Louisville is ranked No. 7 in the nation and currently is the only BIG EAST program that has been ranked this season. The Cardinals enter the weekend with an 18-2 record.

• UConn is ranked No. 2 in the Northeast Region as announced by Ping!Baseball on Thursday, March 25.

• UConn has knocked out 17 home runs this season, including five games this season with multiple four-baggers.

• The Huskies are batting .298 as a team this season and have a team ERA of 3.73 with114 strikeouts.

• UConn has four players with 20+ hits, 10+ runs scored and 6+ multiple-hit games.

Louisville leads the all-time series against the Huskies 7-4 after defeating UConn 11-3 in the 2009 BIG EAST Baseball Championship final.

Dating back to 2006, when the Cardinals joined the BIG EAST Conference, UConn has defeated Louisville four times, with its most recent victory coming in Louisville, Ky. on March 22, 2008 with a 12-8 victory in 10 innings. UConn's closer, Matt Karl earned the win on the hill for the Huskies.

Elliot Glynn made the start in that UConn victory as he will be the first Husky on the mound this weekend. Glynn, who is 2-1 this season with a 1.46 ERA will take on the Cardinals in the Friday night series' opener.



Louisville (18-2) enters the weekend with a 12-1 record at Jim Patterson Stadium. The nationally-ranked Car dinals have three 2010 BIG EAST weekly Players of the Week and five 2010 Preseason All-BIG EAST team members on their roster.

Led by Adam Duvall, the Cardinals' program is batting .331 as a team with 234 hits, 159 runs and 153 RBI. With 28 home runs, the Cardinals lead the BIG EAST in that category.

Thomas Royse, the Cardinals' Friday night starter, has a 1.74 ERA and a 4-0 record on the year. In 31 innings of work, he has allowed six earned runs, while striking out a team-best 28 batters. Neil Holland has a 3-0 record in 10 appearances and four saves this season.

Friday, March 26:
Elliot Glynn (LHP) (1.46 ERA, 24.2 IP, 16 so, 2-1 record)
Thomas Royse (RHP) (1.74 ERA, 31.0 IP, 28 so, 4-0 record)

Saturday, March 27:
Greg Nappo (LHP) (7.97 ERA, 20.1 IP, 17 so, 2-2 record)
Dean Kiekhefer (LHP) (4.00 ERA, 27.0 IP, 20 so, 2-1 record)

Sunday, March 28:
Matt Barnes (RHP) (3.26 ERA, 19.1 IP, 21 so, 3-0 record)
Tony Zych (RHP) (9.00 ERA, 19.0 IP, 13 so, 1-1 record)

• UConn boasts a 3.73 ERA in 17 games and has struck out 114 batters and walked 52 en route to an 12-5 record.

• UConn is batting .287 (125-for-435) against right handed pitchers in 2010 as the Huskies are hitting .329 (52-for-158) verses left handed pitchers.

• UConn is batting .322 (65-for-202) with runners in scoring position.

Bob Van Woert led the way for the Huskies in their 7-1 victory over Yale on Wednesday afternoon. Van Woert went 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run, two walks and two hits for his best outing of the season.

Billy Ferriter was 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored against the Bulldogs, while Nick Ahmed had two RBI on the afternoon.

Redshirt freshman Billy Ferriter is batting .467 in 14 games played with 21 hits, 11 runs scored and five doubles.

Mike Nemeth has started in all 17 games, batting .429 (27-for-63) with 13 runs, six doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI.

Mike Olt leads the team with 21 RBI and five home runs, while Matt Barnes is 3-0 on the year for the Huskies from the hill.

As on Monday, March 22, Billy Ferriter is ranked fourth in the BIG EAST with a .436 batting average and is third in on-base percentage with a mark of .551, while freshman LJ Mazzilli is tied with seven others in first with two triples on the year.

Elliot Glynn leads the conference with a 1.46 ERA.

UConn is 5-2 on the road this season (as of March 24) and 3-2 in neutral site games. UConn will play its next seven games on the road, beginning with a three-game series at Louisville. On March 30, the Huskies will travel west on I-84 to Hartford before traveling to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers in another three-game weekend BIG EAST series.

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.