Here is your Day 4 Recap of the 2009 Big East Baseball Tournament.
UConn 4 South Florida 2
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Mike Nemeth led off the sixth inning with a solo home run, for his fifth of the season, as the UConn baseball team defeated South Florida 4-2 in its second game of the 2009 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. on Friday morning.
With the victory, UConn will face the winner of the South Florida/West Virginia match-up, which is set to be played Friday night.
The Huskies improve to 35-23 on the year with the win, as they took down the Bulls for the third time this season.
Notre Dame 11 St. John’s 10
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Notre Dame has played baseball for 117 years and Friday’s come-from-behind victory over St. John’s might go down as the greatest in school history. The Irish fell behind 9-0 after three innings and 10-2 after four innings, but Notre Dame scored the game’s final nine runs to eliminate the Red Storm, 11-10, in BIG EAST tournament baseball action from Bright House Networks Field.
Sophomore Golden Tate (Hendersonville, Tenn.) capped off the miraculous rally with a two-out RBI single off Nick Luisi in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sophomore Mick Doyle (LaGrange Park, Ill.) opened the ninth inning with double off the right field wall and moved to third on sophomore Cameron McConnell’s (Bannockburn, Ill.) ground out to second base.
After sophomore pinch hitter Matt Scioscia (Westlake Village, Calif.) grounded out, stranding Doyle at third, Tate ripped the first offering he saw from Luisi past a diving Greg Hopkins at third to give Notre Dame’s its 18th come-from-behind win of the season and eighth in its last at-bat.
South Florida 11 West Virginia 6
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of South Florida won a back-and-forth game against West Virginia 11-6 to stay alive in the BIG EAST Tournament on Friday night.
The Bulls and Mountaineers had five lead changes in their Friday night matchup, with the Bulls finally gaining the lead for good after collecting six runs in the seventh inning.
Brandon Smith pinch hit in the seventh and ripped a double down the third base line in the seventh to score two and give the Bulls some insurance runs and a 10-5 lead. Peter Brotons also added a two RBI double in the seventh, one of his two hits on the night.
Kevin Quackenbush earned the victory after pitching four innings allowing just a single earned run on six hits while striking out five in relief of starter Derrick Stultz.
South Florida Recap
West Virginia Recap