(Clemson, SC) – The UCONN Huskies beat the Sacred Heart Pioneers 13-3 in day two of the NCAA Regional at Clemson University, ending the most successful season in Pioneer history. The Northeast Conference champion Pioneers finished their season 34-23, concluding a year in which they won their most ever games in program history.
The Pioneers seemed posed to take the game's first lead with runners on first and third with one out in the first but Huskies starter Greg Nappo induced an inning-ending double play. UCONN responded with five runs with two outs in the second. Billy Ferriter drove a two-run single to left to begin the scoring, with a third run on the play coming in on an error. LJ Mazzilli drove in another with an RBI double, and John Andreoli followed with an RBI single.
In the third, the Huskies scored three more on an RBI single by Nick Ahmed and a two-run double by Tim Martin. UCONN made it a 10-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by John Andreoli and an RBI double by Ryan Fuller.
Robbie Maguire (Brooklyn, NY) pitched a valiant five innings of relief. He did not allow an earned run in scattering five hits. The Pioneers scored three runs in the fourth on sacrifice flies by Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) and Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY), with an RBI single by Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) sandwiched in between.
SHU would get no further, though, as Pat Butler allowed only those three runs in four innings of relief to earn the win. The Huskies added three in the ninth behind an RBI triple by George Springer and RBI singles by Mike Nemeth and John Sulzicki.
"It was a great year," said head coach Nick Giaquinto. "We reached our goal of winning the conference tournament and getting to the regionals. We broke the school record for wins. It was a great bunch of seniors who worked their butts off, and this season is a testament to their hard work and leadership."