UConn 12 Coastal Carolina 6
CLEMSON, S.C. – Freshman Brian Ward threw a career-high eight innings as the UConn baseball team downed Coastal Carolina 12-6 to stay alive in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies will now face top-seeded Clemson at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Ward (6-1) gave up six hits and three earned runs, while he was backed by 12 runs on 15 hits from the UConn ballclub. The Huskies (43-18-1) jumped to an early 4-0 lead after three frames then added six runs throughout the sixth and seventh innings to cruise to the six-run victory.
With the UConn win, the Huskies eliminate Coastal Carolina (42-20) from the NCAA Tournament as the Chanticleers finished the Clemson Regional with a record of 1-2.
UConn 7 Clemson 6
Clemson, SC – Ryan Fuller’s walkoff single with two outs in the ninth inning scored L.J. Mazzilli to give #16 Connecticut a 7-6 victory over #12 Clemson in the Clemson Regional in front of 4,877 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday night. The Huskies, who stayed alive and moved to 3-1 in the Clemson Regional, improved to 44-18-1 on the season. The Tigers, who fell to 2-1 in the Clemson Regional, dropped to 43-19 in 2011. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Tigers held a 4-1 lead before Doug Elliot’s two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning cut Clemson’s lead to one run. The Huskies rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-4 lead, but Spencer Kieboom’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning tied the score. However, Connecticut put its leadoff batter on base in the bottom of the ninth inning and Fuller’s two-out single through the left side plated Mazzilli from second base for the winning run.