June 5, 2010

Courtesy of Connecticut Athletics

NORWICH, Conn. - Mike Olt homered twice and recorded a career-high eight RBI as the University of Connecticut baseball team overpowered Central Connecticut 25-5 on Saturday afternoon at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. With his 4-for-4 and eight-RBI performance Olt becomes UConn's all-time home run (44) and RBI (177) leader.

UConn will face the loser of Saturday night's 7:00 p.m. contest between Oregon and Florida State at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. The winner of that ballgame will play again at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The Huskies (48-15) tallied at least one run in the first six innings of today's contest and scattered 26 hits on the afternoon, a season-high, as they downed the Blue Devils (33-23) for their first NCAA victory since the 1979 season.

The Huskies led 6-0 after two innings before Central Connecticut cut their lead to two at 7-5. UConn extended its lead to 10 runs with an eight-run fourth inning before adding five in the fifth to take a 15-run lead after four and a half innings.

Olt recorded his 43rd and 44th career home runs to surpass Jason Grabowski on UConn's all-time home runs list as Grabowski held the position since the 1997 season. Olt's eight RBI in today's game lifts his career tally to 177 as he surpassed Brian Packin's 170 that he recorded from 1997-2000. George Springer hit his own long ball as he recorded his 18th home run of the season as he gave UConn a 6-0 lead in the second inning . LJ Mazzilli added to the Huskies' home run list as he recorded his third homer of the year.

UConn took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-RBI single by freshman LJ Mazzilli. Central Connecticut's Jason Foster walked three batters in the frame to set the Huskies up for the early-inning attack.

The Huskies added four more runs in the second as Foster gave up his fourth walk of the contest to Billy Ferriter to lead off the frame before the UConn left fielder and John Andreoli crossed the plate on another two-RBI single by the Huskies, this time by junior Pierre LePage. Springer, who hadn't homered since the Huskies played at South Florida on May 16, hit a blast over the left center field wall to give UConn a 6-0 lead.

A UConn throwing error in the second inning allowed Central Connecticut to put its first run on the board before the Blue Devils tallied two more on a two-RBI double by Anthony Scialdone. With runners on first and second with one out, the Huskies were able to end the inning on a 6-4-3 double play to hold CCSU to three runs in the frame.

For the third straight inning, UConn scored at least one run as LePage recorded his third RBI of the contest with a base hit to left field to score Ferriter from second. With Ferriter's second run of the game, UConn took a 7-3 advantage.

Dan Feehan came in to relieve UConn starter Elliott Glynn after Glynn loaded the bases, walking his final batter faced. The first batter Feehan faced singled into right field as the Blue Devils added two more runs to their tally to cut the UConn lead to two at 7-5. Glynn went 2.2 innings, while allowing four hits, five runs, four of which were earned, and two walks. He also struck out two batters on the afternoon.

UConn tallied eight runs on six hits and three CCSU errors in the fourth led by four RBI by Mike Olt, including his 22nd home run of the season. The Huskies added five more runs in the fifth to take a 20-5 lead.

Trent DeLazzer came in for the Huskies in the fifth, making his 10th appearance on the hill this season and his first since facing South Florida on May 14. DeLazzer and Feehan combined for 2.1 innings, allowed three hits and faced 10 batters. UConn threw seven pitchers in today's contest. DeLazzer earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Pierre LePage added to the Huskies plethora of hits as he finished the contest 3-for-6 with four RBI, while Mazzilli went 4-for-6 with four RBI. Springer added two hits and five runs scored along with Nemeth's five runs, three hits and three RBI.

The Huskies stole six bases in today's contest led by John Andreoli and Ferriter, who both recorded two on the day.

The Huskies will play again on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Dodd Stadium. All UConn games will be streamed live at UConnHuskies.com. Parking will be free at the stadium as well.