Baseball Completes Homestand With 4-2 Win Over Boston College



    STORRS, Conn. (April 2, 2007) — University of Connecticut starting pitcher Brendan McGinn (Tolland, Conn.) won his fourth consecutive decision as the Huskies put the finishing touches on a four-game homestand with a 4-2 win over ACC foe Boston College Monday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.

    McGinn improved to 4-1 this season after allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in seven innings on the hill.  During his last four outings, McGinn has surrendered just five runs in 25 innings on the hill, posting a mere 1.44 earned run average during that span.

    Husky senior southpaw Ted Garry (Rochester, Minn.) came on in relief of McGinn and pitched a scoreless eighth.  Junior Matt Karl (Wallingford, Conn.) pitched a perfect ninth to record his team-leading third save of the season. 

    Boston College starting pitcher Ted Ratliff (1-1) took the loss after giving up four runs over seven hits in 5-1/3 innings of work. 

    The Eagles (8-15-1) tallied the game’s first run in the top of the second as third baseman Eric Campbell delivered a one-out home run over the left field wall.  Boston College scored another run in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly from right fielder Johnny Ayers. 

    UConn (12-12) answered with a run in the bottom of the third on a two-out rally to cut the Eagles’ lead in half.  Freshman Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to start things before stealing second base two pitches later.  Sophomore Dale Brannon (St. Petersburg, Fla.) collected his ninth RBI of the season as he followed with a single to center field to plate Fatse from second. 

    The Huskies struck for two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a lead they would never relinquish.  Freshman center fielder Harold Brantley Jr. (Silver Spring, Md.) opened the inning with a double into right-center before Fatse was hit by his team-leading 10th pitch of the season to put runners on first and second.  Senior first baseman Matt Untiet (Berlin, Conn.) later advanced both runners one base with a one-out grounder to the right side.  Senior shortstop Dennis Donovan (Center Moriches, N.Y.) put the Huskies ahead for good as he blooped a single into center field to score both runners. 

    Sophomore Erik Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) gave the Huskies some insurance in the bottom of the sixth as he notched his sixth RBI of the year.  Junior catcher Pat Mahoney (Des Moines, Iowa) drew a walk to open the frame and took second on a wild pitch before Turgeon laced a out-out single into right-center for UConn’s final run of the game. 

    UConn returns to action Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. when the Huskies travel to Hartford to take on the Hawks from Campus Field.

    Connecticut 4, Boston College 2 (Apr 02, 2007 at Storrs, Conn.)
    Boston College...... 011 000 000 - 2 6 1 (8-15-1)
    Connecticut......... 001 021 00X - 4 8 1 (12-12)
    Pitchers: Boston College - Ratliff, T; Belfiore, M(6). Connecticut - McGINN, Brendan;
    GARRY, Ted(8); KARL, Matt(9).
    Win-McGINN, Brendan(4-1) Save-KARL, Matt(3) Loss-Ratliff, T(1-1) T-2:27 A-216
    HR BC - Campbell, E.
    Game notes:
    Game: CONN0402