Matt Barnes will take the hill Friday as he has a 7-0 record with a 2.49 ERA.
May 13, 2010
No. 20/19 UConn baseball will take on South Florida in a BIG EAST weekend series beginning on Friday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Red McEwen Field in Tampa, Fla.
The series is as follows:
Friday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m.
All games can be heard online at WHUS.org. Live stats are also available at www.gousfbulls.com/liveStats.
QUICK HITS ON THE UCONN HUSKIES
No. 20/19 UConn enters the weekend BIG EAST series with a record of 39-10 on the year and a 16-4 mark in the league. South Florida is 22-27 overall and 13-8 in BIG EAST play. *rankings based on Baseball America/USA TODAY-ESPN Coaches' Poll.
UConn's 39 wins ties the most produced by the program in a single season, reaching the same number of wins back in 2006. The Huskies still have seven regular season contests to beat the record before even starting postseason play.
UConn's win streak ended at 22 games as the Huskies dropped a 7-3 decision to Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday. It was the Huskies' first loss since losing 4-2 at then No. 8 Louisville on March 27. Before the streak was broken, it was the largest current win streak in the Nation, the Huskies' best all-time and tied the second-best streak in Division I this season.
UConn has already punched its ticket to Clearwater for the 2010 BIG EAST Baseball Championship. South Florida is still looking for another win to hopefully clinch a spot in postseason play.
UConn has knocked out 62 home runs this season, which ties the second-most hit by a UConn ball club since the 1996 season. The Huskies' record is 69 in a single-season, which was set in 1997 (records date back to 1959).
UCONN RANKED AMONG BEST IN THE NATION
The 2010 UConn baseball team has been ranked this week in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top-30 Poll (No. 20), the Rivals.com Top-25 Poll (No. 21) and Baseball America's Top-25 Poll (No. 20). The USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches' Poll has UConn ranked No. 19 in its latest poll.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. SOUTH FLORIDA
South Florida leads the series with UConn 16-11 dating back to the 1968 season.
In 2009, the Huskies defeated South Florida in two consecutive games to eliminate the Bulls from the BIG EAST Championship. During regular season play, UConn won the league series 2-1, including a 2-0 shutout over the Bulls.
UCONN GAME DAY STARTERS (Season #s)
Friday, May 14: Matt Barnes (RHP) (2.49 ERA, 65.0 IP, 64 so, 7-0 record)
Saturday, May 15: Greg Nappo (LHP) (4.96 ERA, 69.0 IP, 58 so, 6-5 record)
Sunday, May 16: Elliot Glynn (LHP) (2.30 ERA, 70.1 IP, 34 so, 6-2 record)
UCONN SIDE NOTES
UConn boasts a 3.78 ERA in 49 games and has struck out 316 batters and walked 136 en route to an 39-10 record.
Pierre LePage is considered the hardest player to strikeout in the nation, according to NCAA statistics. He has only struck out twice in 2010.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE HUSKIES
UConn came from behind to defeat Manhattan 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
George Springer's RBI single in the seventh tied the game at three before Mike Nemeth hit his 10th homer of the year to give UConn a 5-3 lead. Kevin Vance faced some trouble in the top of the ninth inning, allowing a run, while walking two batters, but was able to get out of the jam to earn his seventh save on the year.
Scott Oberg threw two innings and retired all six batters faced en route to his fifth victory of the season. Pat Butler started on the hill for the Huskies as he allowed five hits and three earned runs in six innings of work.
LEADING THE WAY
Junior Mike Nemeth is batting .396 in 49 games played with 76 hits, 47 runs scored and a team-best 18 doubles. He also has 10 home runs and 59 RBI.
John Andreoli is batting .348 in 47 games played. He has 55 hits and 30 RBI. Nick Ahmed leads the team with 28 stolen bases, while Mike Olt has a team-best 16 home runs and 60 RBI. George Springer has scored 65 times, another program-best this season.
Matt Barnes is 7-0 on the year for the Huskies from the hill with 64 K's, another team-best in 2010.
HOME RUN HITTERS
UConn has knocked out 62 home runs this season with seven regular season games to go plus postseason play. The 62 homers tie the second most produced by a UConn ballclub in program history. The 2010 Huskies are just seven shy from tying the 69 hit by the 1997 team.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
UConn is 19-5 on the road this season and 3-2 in neutral site games.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Mike Olt is currently tied for third on UConn's all-time home runs list with 37 in his third year with the program. Olt is also second among UConn's all-time RBI leaders with 161, nine behind Brian Packin's 170 from 1997-2000.
Mike Nemeth has 53 career doubles to put him in second place on UConn's all-time doubles' list. He is one shy of Clarke Caudill's 54 career doubles.
Matt Barnes was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (May 10) after throwing his first career complete game shutout in the 14-0 victory over Cincinnati on May 8. Barnes allowed just two hits and struck out eight on the day. Kevin Vance earned a spot on the Weekly Honor Roll this same week after going 7-for-10, while batting .700 on the week for the Huskies.
THE PENDERS' FILE
Head coach Jim Penders has a current overall coaching record of 235-158-2 as he is in his seventh season at the helm of the UConn baseball program.
The UConn baseball team has a current overall record of 1,493-1,200-28 dating back to 1896.
The Huskies will travel down I-91 in Connecticut to take on Quinnipiac University in a non-conference ballgame in Hamden, Conn. at 3:00 p.m. UConn will then host Seton Hall in its last three regular season games of 2010 before heading down to Clearwater, Fla. for the 2010 BIG EAST Baseball Championship.