BOSTON - Former UConn baseball ace Matt Barnes ('11) is set to become the first former Husky pitcher to start a Major League Baseball game since Pete Walker ('90) in 2005 when he takes the hill for the Boston Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway Park. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Barnes, who was drafted by Boston in the first round of the 2011 draft, made his MLB debut in 2014, appearing out of the pen in five games. This season, he has come out of the bullpen 21 times, amassing a 3-2 record with 22 strikeouts in 22.1 inning of work.
The Bethel, Conn. native has been stretched out by the club in AAA over the past two weeks, tossing 4.2 innings of one-run ball in his last start on Aug. 10.
The former standout is one of four Huskies at Major League-level, joined by former teammates Nick Ahmed ('11) of the Arizona Diamondbacks, George Springer ('11) of the Houston Astros and Scott Oberg ('12) of the Colorado Rockies.
During his time at UConn from 2009-11, Barnes etched his name in the UConn record books. He set a program record with 247 strikeouts in 256.2 career innings, winning 24 games (third all-time). The 2011 Big East Pitcher of the Year, Barnes was a First Team All-American and Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist in his stellar junior season.
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