Here is your Big East Recap for April 5th.
UConn 10 Seton Hall 3
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Doug Elliot finished the Huskies’ BIG EAST series finale against Seton Hall with a 4-for-5 performance as the University of Connecticut baseball team dominated the Pirates 10-3 on Sunday afternoon at Owen T. Carroll Field. With the victory, the Huskies even their record out to 14-14 and improve to 4-5 in conference play.
The Huskies jumped to an early lead with a pair of three-run innings to take a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning. In the top of the first inning, Matt Burnett got things started with an RBI single to center field, followed by George Springer’s sixth homerun of the season, a two run shot over the left field wall.
In the top of the fifth inning, Dale Brannon recorded a sacrifice-fly as Pierre LePage and Springer added doubles for the Huskies’ offensive efforts.
West Virginia 8 Georgetown 3
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The combination of two home runs from redshirt sophomore Grant Buckner and a solid outing from starter Billy Gross guided the West Virginia University baseball team to a three-game sweep over Georgetown, winning 8-3 on Sunday afternoon at Hawley Field.
The victory gives the Mountaineers (23-6, 8-1) a season-high seven game winning streak, and marks an undefeated 5-0 week for WVU. The Mountaineers outscored the Hoyas (10-19, 3-6), 28-14, during their three-game series over the weekend, and continue their reign in first place in the BIG EAST.
Buckner, an Elkview, W.Va., native, stood out today with a 2-for-3 performance and a career-high five RBIs. In the second inning, he hit a hanging break ball on a 2-2 count over the wall in left center for a grand slam, giving the Mountaineers an early 4-0 advantage.
Cincinnati 10 Louisville 9
CINCINNATI – Behind a career-high five RBI from sophomore catcher Nick Rohlfs (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller) and five stellar innings of relief by senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas), the University of Cincinnati baseball overcame an early five-run deficit to take the series finale, 10-9, over the University of Louisville Cardinals in front of a season-high 1,984 fans at Marge Schott Stadium. Sunday’s game against Louisville was UC’s first nationally-televised home baseball game and in front of an ESPNU national audience, the Bearcats improved to 14-14 overall and 3-6 in BIG EAST play, snapping a six-game skid.
Rohlfs finished 3-for-4 from the plate, including the go-ahead two RBI double in the seventh inning, his second two-RBI double of the day. Geglein entered the game in the fifth inning and went the rest of the way, giving up one earned run on four hits to collect his second win of the season.
Phil Wunderlich led the Cardinals with a career-high three home runs and drove in a career-best five RBI.
South Florida 10 Pittsburgh 8 (10 innings)
TAMPA -The University of South Florida baseball team got a two-out, two-run home run from sophomore Jonathan Koscso in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday to beat Pittsburgh 10-8.
“He was right on the ball all day,” said a hoarse Coach Lelo Prado. “I knew that if they got the ball in on him, then he had a chance to let it fly, especially with the wind blowing out like it was. He did a good job. Jonny is just clutch. We call him “The Business Man” for a reason, and he came through again today.”
The win gave USF the three-game sweep, the second of the season for the Bulls. Their first came March 20-22 against Rutgers. USF is now 9-0 in their last nine BIG EAST home games, dating back to the Notre Dame series in 2008.
St. John’s 15 Rutgers 5
QUEENS, N.Y. – Junior Tim Morris had two home runs and five RBI, while senior Danny Benedetti also had five RBI as the St. John’s baseball team powered past Rutgers, 15-5, to sweep the series. Morris was 3-for-5 and scored five runs and Benedetti was 4-for-4 to lead St. John’s (17-10, 7-2). Brian Kemp added a solo home run for the Red Storm. St. John’s starter Brendan Lobban (3-1) allowed just two runs in 6.0 innings to earn the win. Pat Biserta had three RBI to pace Rutgers (12-16, 2-7).
The Red Storm went up 2-0 in the bottom of the frame. Kemp was plunked on the first pitch of the game, but was erased when Jimmy Parque reached on a fielder’s choice. Morris then launched a two-run home run over the wall in right field.
Carlos Del Rosario doubled to lead of the second and moved to third on a fly out before scoring on a wild pitch to give St. John’s a 3-0 lead.
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