Storrs, Conn. – The Big East preseason favorite Connecticut Huskies (18-12-1) topped the Brown Bears (6-19) on Thursday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field 6-2. The two teams were deadlocked at two in the fourth inning, but UConn plated three runs in the bottom of the frame to take control of the non-conference matchup.
UConn started off the day's scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two hits an a Brown error.
Brown responded immediately however, as Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) led off the top of the second with a single. A second single by Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) plated Slaughter and brought the Bears within one. With a runner on third, J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) laid down a sacrifice bunt, which allowed the run to score and tie the game at two.
The Huskies responded in the bottom of the fourth, getting three straight singles to take a 3-2 lead. UConn added to its lead on a two RBI single by LJ Mazzilli to increase its lead to 5-2.
Connecticut's sixth run came in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI single by from Mike Nemeth.
The Bears, which host Harvard this weekend in a pivotal four-game set, were forced to get creative with their pitching against UConn. Brown used eight different pitchers, six pitching a single inning. Rookie Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) was the only pitcher to go more than inning, going 1.2, picking up two of the Bears three strikeouts.