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Huskies' winning streak snapped by Dartmouth

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STORRS, CT (March 30) – The University of Connecticut baseball team had its seven game win streak snapped by Dartmouth College Saturday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. The Big Green swept a doubleheader from the Huskies, taking the first game 5-3 and the second 8-6.

UConn dropped to 10-7-0 overall on the season while Dartmouth evened its mark to 7-7.

Connecticut jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the day’s first game thanks to RBI singles from junior Peter Soteropoulos (Peabody, MA) in the first and senior Jon Gorrie (Northboro, MA) in the second. The Huskies held the lead until Josh Cushman took an offering from junior Erik Drown (Ipswich, MA) over the right field fence to tie the game at 2-2.

The Huskies regained the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by junior Dan Trubia (Tolland, CT) that scored Brett Burnham (South Windsor, CT). The Big Green, however, took the lead for good in the sixth with a pair of runs and added an insurance run in the seventh. Burnham reached base to start UConn’s bottom half of the seventh–bringing the potential tying run to the plate–but Dartmouth’s Nicholas Peay retired the next three batters to close the game.

Drown picked up the loss having given up four earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Lawrence Fey notched his first win of the season and allowed three earned runs on six hits in five innings of work.

In game two, Dartmouth hit up senior Mike Tripaldi (Groton, MA) for four runs–one in the third inning and three in the fourth–to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The Huskies struggled against Dartmouth right-hander John Velosky in the early going, who allowed only one hit through the first four innings.

After the Big Green increased their lead to 8-0 by the sixth inning, though the Huskies continued to fight. After Burnham drove in a run in the bottom of the sixth, UConn rallied in the final frame to load the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly by freshman Mike McDonough (Abington, MA) plated a run, and sophomore David Tokarz (Westport, CT) followed with a three-run homer down the left field line.

The Huskies got the tying run to the plate after Gorrie singled and senior Cy Hess (Oakdale, CT) walked with two outs. Burnham then struck out swinging but advanced to first after the catcher dropped the third strike. Hess scored on the play, as the throw from Dartmouth catcher Tom Hackney hit Burnham on the back of the helmet on his way up the basepath. Soteropoulos then came to bat as the winning run, though Velosky got him to fly out to left field to end the game.

Soteropoulos did pick up hits in both games of the doubleheader, extending his hitting streak to 22 games. The streak, which includes all 17 games this season and five from 2001, is the longest in recent memory. Last season, Mike Scott had a 21-game hitting streak.

UConn will return to action on Monday, April 1, in a BIG EAST doubleheader against Seton Hall. The game is scheduled to begin at noon at J.O Christian Field.

Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Dartmouth 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 5 7 1 UConn 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 3

Win: Fey (1-2)
Loss: Drown (1-2)
Save: Peay (2)

E: DC Lucas; UC Mocerino, Drown.
DP: UC 1.
LOB: DC 7; UC 9.
2B: DC Shirrell; UC Gorrie, Mocerino, Tripaldi.
HR: DC Cushman.
HBP: UC Burnham 2, Leonard.
SH: DC Cushman.
SF DC Draper; UC Trubia.
SB: UC Gorrie.
CS: UC Hess, Soteropoulos.
Batteries: DC Lawrence Fey (5), Andrew Brown (0.2), Nicholas Peay (1.1) and Jeff Speights; UC Erik Drown (6), Mike James (1) and Mike Leonard.

Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Dartmouth 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 8 8 0 UConn 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 6 8 2

Win: Velosky (1-2)
Loss: Tripaldi (0-1)
Save: None

E: UC McDonough, Tokarz.
DP: UC 1.
LOB: DC 8; UC 4.
HR: UC Tokarz.
HBP: UC Stefkovich.
SH: DC DaCosta.
SF: UC McDonough.
SB: DC Cushman; UC Gorrie, Hess.
CS: UC Hess, Burnham.
Batteries: DC John Velosky (7) and Tom Hackney; UC Mike Tripaldi (3.1), Josh MacDonald (1.2), Keith Potvin (0.1), Adam Hotaling (1.2) and Tyler Stefkovich.