CBB Visit: UConn vs Villanova (April 11th)

UConnBaseballPhoto I made the trip to Storrs Connecticut on Sunday afternoon for the final game of the UConn-Villanova series. One of the stories throughout the beginning of the season has been the strong start by the Huskies who entered the game with a 21-7 record while being 6-2 in Big East play. Villanova entered the game with a 18-11 record while being 2-7 in Big East play. UConn sent Matt Barnes to the mound while Villanova countered with Kyle McMyne.

 

The game would remain scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when the Huskies Mike Olt lead off with a double to the right center field gap and would come around on a Joe Pavone double two batters later to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead. Pavone would then come around on a Billy Ferriter single to take the 2-0 lead after two innings. They would extend the lead in the third inning with a Mike Nemeth homer over the right center field wall to give the Huskies the 3-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Kevin Vance hit a towering homer over the left field fence which cleared the trees that line the outfield to give the Huskies the 4-0 lead. The homer was hit into a stiff breeze and was just crushed.

The Huskies would continue to break through in the fifth when Pierre LePage led off the inning with a double to right center field. Nick Ahmed would follow with a walk to put runners on first and second. Both players would move up a base on a double steal when George Springer was up to put runners on second and third with no outs. Both players would score an out later when Kyle McMyne would uncork a wild pitch which was thrown away by the catcher allowing Ahmed to score from second base to extend the UConn lead to 6-0.

Villanova would eventually get to Matt Barnes in the top of the sixth with a one out single by Dain Hall who was followed by a Chris Johnson homer down the right field line to cut the UConn deficit down to 6-2. UConn would push across two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Kevin Vance and on an error by David Koczirka to set up the final score of 8-2.

UConn starter Matt Barnes was fantastic throughout the game as he kept the Wildcats off balance with a ton of ground ball outs. He ended up pitching eight innings, allowing five hits, two walks, while striking out seven batters. Barnes record is now 6-0 on the year with a 2.13 ERA. Villanova starter Kyle McMyne got the loss after lasting only 4.2 innings allowing eight hits, one walk, and six runs. His record drops to 4-4 on the year.

  • http://actsoft.com Joe

    It will be a great series in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field when USF and UCONN get together. The Big East is setting up nicely for some great series to finish conference play. USF at Rutgers this weekend is one that could define USF’s run for the title. Georgetown was not much of a test but I think Rutgers will give USF all they can handle on the road.

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

    I think the Big East is underrated this year. UConn, Louisville, Pittsburgh and South Florida are strong squads. All four of them are going to be a tough out if they make the NCAA Tourney.

    I think Louisville is still the strongest all around team in the conference but UConn has to be right on their tails with the pitching they showed over the weekend.

  • http://actsoft.com Joe

    It will be one H*** of a pitching matchup when UCONN faces Fontanez, Barbosa and Kaufmann (Delphey is on his way back too). I still don’t think any staff in the Big East has the series starters that USF brings at you all three days. If USF can continue to score runs and gets healthy (Lockwood still out, Mende playing with a broken jaw) they will be real tough to beat down the stretch. My money is USF winning the Big East title.

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      Glynn, Nappo, and Barnes are just as good as them man.

  • http://www.darrenheitner.com Darren Heitner

    Nice numbers by Matt Barnes. Do you think he has big-league stuff?

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      Yes, he has big league stuff.

  • http://actsoft.com Joe

    I know Barnes and Fontanez will be the premier Big East match up of the year thus far…no doubt. Glynn and Barbosa will be a great one too. Offensively the teams line up pretty much the same. The numbers on the mound certainly favor UConn however, their numbers may not have been skewed with the likes of 8 games against top 15 teams. Look at USF’s numbers over the past 15 games and they pretty much stack up against anyone in the country, let alone the conference.

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      We will see in a couple of weeks Joe!

  • http://actsoft.com Joe

    You coming down?

  • john

    Baker, Iannazzo, and Hood from PITT match up with anyone in the league. They have 2 loses combined on the year. Watch out for PITT

    • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

      I think Glynn, Nappo, and Barnes are up in that category…Huge series at Uconn this weekend!