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Baseball Visits Louisville for Crucial League Series

Brian Ward remains in the rotation for UConn.

April 26, 2012

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STORRS, Conn.- UConn baseball heads down to Louisville for a three-game BIG EAST series, while holding a one-game lead over the Cardinals in the league standings.

About the Huskies... No stranger to the road, Connecticut visits Louisville this weekend with an overall record of 23-18 and 11-4 in the BIG EAST. The Huskies are in a three-way tie for first atop the conference and have posted a 7-2 record on the road in league play. Senior Ryan Fuller is coming off a week in which he hit .533 (8-15) with three home runs and nine RBI, earning a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Fuller returned to third base, where he played in 2011, against Bryant on Tuesday. Fuller is hitting .329 with a .439 on-base percentage and 19 extra-base hits this season. Senior Tim Martin, who made his debut in left field last week, played first base for the first time in his career this week. Martin lifted his average to .342 with five straight multi-hit games from April 14-20, in which he hit .538 (14-26). Redshirt-junior center fielder Billy Ferriter is hitting a team-best .356, while scoring 34 runs and stealing 18 bases. On the mound, senior RHP David Fischer holds a 2-1 record and 2.73 earned run average as a starter and is 3-4 overall with a 3.72 ERA. Out of the bullpen, redshirt-junior RHP Scott Oberg is a perfect 4-0 with six saves and a 1.61 ERA, including 0.54 in six BIG EAST games.



Last Time Out... The Huskies allowed six runs over the first two innings in an eventual 7-1 loss to Bryant on Tuesday. Freshman LHP Jared Dettmann lasted just 1.2 innings in the start. Redshirt-freshman David Mahoney pitched 3.1 innings, the longest outing of five UConn relievers that combined for 7.1 innings and just one run on nine hits and two walks. Ferriter recorded the only multi-hit game for the Huskies by going 2-5 with a stolen base. It was the first home non-conference loss for Connecticut since a 7-3 defeat to Central Connecticut (4/28/10).

Scouting the Cardinals... No. 23 Louisville is 29-12 overall and 10-5 in the BIG EAST. The Cardinals took two of three at USF last weekend to pull within one game of first place. Sophomore 3B Ty Young has paced UofL with a .369 average, 35 runs, five home runs and 30 RBI. Senior 1B Stewart Ijames leads the league in HRs with 10 to go with 46 RBI and a .282 average. As a team, Louisville enters the weekend batting .314 and has outscored opponents 313-165. The Cardinal’s top three pitchers have combined for a 19-5 record and all have an ERA under 3.25. Junior RHP Justin Amlung is the ace of the staff with a 6-3 record, 2.50 ERA and 69 Ks in 68.1 innings. Freshman RHP Jared Ruxer (5-1, 2.89) and sophomore RHP Jeff Thompson (8-1, 3.24) will also be in the rotation this weekend.

All-Time vs. UofL... The Huskies and Cardinals have met every year since 2006 when Louisville joined the BIG EAST. UofL holds a 10-7 lead in the all-time series. This weekend marks the second time UConn has faced Louisville as a ranked opponent. In 2010, the Huskies took one game in a three-game set at No. 7 Louisville. Twice the two teams have met in the conference tournament, both Cardinal wins (2006, 2009). UConn won the first meeting all-time, 10-2, at Louisville on March 31, 2006.

Last Time They Met... Connecticut claimed the BIG EAST regular season title with a 7-5 win in game one of a doubleheader in Storrs last May. George Springer homered and Greg Nappo won his eighth game of the year for the Huskies. Louisville came away with a split after taking game two, 6-3, in 10 innings. The Cardinals took the lead on a two-out, three-run HR by Ijames to right center.

TWI(UConn)B History... Ten years ago, Connecticut swept Georgetown at the J.O.C., including a doubleheader on April 27 by scores of 15-1 and 15-7. Jesse Carlson pitched a seven-inning complete game in the nightcap and Mike Mocerino combined to go 4-9 with five RBI in the ninth spot in the order. The Huskies won the finale, 12-1, behind eight innings from Nick Tucci and another 2-4 and three RBI game from Mocerino.

Up Next... The Huskies get right back into BIG EAST play without a midweek game as they host Cincinnati May 5 and 6. UConn returns to Dodd Stadium for a doubleheader on Saturday.

At Home on the Road... Through 41 games, Connecticut has played just 10 at home. The Huskies are 11-9 in away games in 16-15 including neutral site games. In BIG EAST play, UConn is 7-2 on the road and batting .308 as a team with a 3.22 ERA, outscoring opponents, 61-40.