March 25, 2006
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STORRS, Ct.---Connecticut scored six runs in its final two at-bats to overcome a five-run deficit and steal a 6-5 win from Cincinnati in BIG EAST baseball action on Saturday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. The win clinches the series victory for UConn after Friday's 13-1 win.
Cincinnati (13-8, 0-2 BIG EAST) committed two errors in the eighth inning, leading to four unearned and winning runs for Connecticut. The Huskies improve to 11-8 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST with the victory.
The Bearcats, limited to just two hits in Friday's defeat, tallied 12 on Saturday, but had just one after the sixth inning. Four UC players had two hits, including Jon DeLuca who extended his hit streak to seven games. Brian Szarmach drove in a pair of runs with his fourth home run of the year.
Dennis Donovan was one of three UConn players with two hits, along with two RBI. Both of Matt Untiet's hits were doubles. Ted Garry got the win for Connecticut, improving to 2-0 after working a scoreless eighth inning. Eric Turgeon got his third save after recording the final three outs.
Cincinnati got off to a good start, scoring a pair of runs in the first against UConn starter Rich Sirois. Josh Harrison reached on a one out double and eventually scored on a Jack Nelson sacrifice fly. UC's second run came when DeLuca singled home Mark Muscenti.
The Bearcats added two more in the fourth when Szarmach hit a towering blast to left with a man on. UC's final marker of the day came in the sixth when Adam Calez raced home on a Huskie error.
On the mound, Kyle Rapp was in control, shutting the Huskies out for six innings, walking just one and allowing five hits. Rapp benefited from a season-high four double plays turned by the UC infield.
Connecticut got on the comeback trail in the seventh as reliever A.J. Upton
battled control troubles. Upton walked three in just two-thirds of an inning, leading to two Huskie runs, the final coming on an Untiet RBI double.
The winning Connecticut inning started with Austin Wasserman ripping a ball up the middle that knocked the glove off of Sean Munninghoff. UC's hurler hustled after the ball, but Logan Parker fumbled Munninghoff's throw for an error. Turgeon then drew a walk, but Munninghoff got two straight outs. Another UC error led to UConn's first run and a double by Donovan brought the home team to within 5-3. Untiet was then intentionally walked to load the bases and Scott Beckwith drew a walk to force in the tying run. Kyle Farkes followed with an infield single that drove home the winning run.
Munninghoff was the hard luck loser for Cincinnati, allowing four unearned runs in an inning of work. He slips to 2-1 with the defeat.
Cincinnati will be out to avoid the sweep when it meets Connecticut at noon on Sunday. Steve Blevins will start on the mound for UC, taking on the Huskies' Nick Tucci.