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Jim Penders Weekly Interview: 4/25

0:00 – Reaction to 5-0 Week

1:57 – Offense Coming Around During 9-Game Winning Streak

3:46 – LJ Mazzilli’s Impact as Leadoff Hitter

5:40 – Team Preparing for 6 Games in 7 Days

7:17 – 4 Players Returning from Suspension


Springer Honored by Big East

George Springer has been named Big East Player of the Week for the week of April 24.

Springer recorded his 40th career home run in UConn’s 14-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader vs. Georgetown Friday. On the week, he batted .476 (10-21) in five games with nine runs scored, 14 RBI, and 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. He added an on-base percentage of .478 and a slugging percentage of .952 for the week.

Matt Barnes was named to the Big East Honor Roll after posting his third complete game shutout of the season Thursday vs. Georgetown. Barnes shut down the Hoyas in the Huskies 5-0 victory allowing just five hits and walking one with eight strikeouts.


How does Barnes not earn Big East Pitcher of the Week for another time this year?

St. John’s sophomore Kyle Hansen tossed his first career complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win against Notre Dame. Hansen racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts, the most by a BIG EAST pitcher since USF’s Andrew Barbosa had 16 on April 2, 2010. The righty allowed just four hits, walked none and worked six 1-2-3 innings. Hansen did not allow a runner past second base and surrendered just a .133 (4-for-30) batting average in the contest.

UConn vs. Quinnipiac @ 3:00 PM; Listen Live on WHUS!

UConn’s win streak is at nine games and the Huskies (26-12-1 Overall, 13-2 Big East) are looking for 10-in-a-row vs. Quinnipiac (14-22 Overall, 10-14 NEC).

Dave Fischer is the probable starter listed by Head Coach Jim Penders for what will the first of six games in seven days for Connecticut.

Listen to the game live on on 91.7 FM. I will be on the call alongside Sean Gantwerker and Adam Rozwadowski  beginning at 3:00 PM.

UConn Begins 3-Game Set vs. Georgetown; Listen on WHUS

UConn (23-12-1, 10-2) put their 6-game winning streak on the line vs. Georgetown (19-19, 2-10) today at J.O. Christian Field. The Huskies swept Georgetown in a three-game series in 2010 and look to get off on the right foot to extend their two-game lead in the Big East standings.

Matt Barnes (7-2, 1.04 ERA) will be looking to win his eighth consecutive start after starting the season 0-2.

Chris Jones, Carson Dunn and John Vaseskis will be on the call for 91.7 WHUS. Listen LIVE to the game beginning at 3:00 PM!

ESPN College Baseball Bracketology

The latest NCAA Tournament Projections by ESPN have Connecticut (23-12-1, 10-2) as the No. 4-seed in the Charlottesville Region (Host: University of Virginia).

UConn is the lone team that is currently projected to be in the field of 64 from the Big East Conference. The Big East received a conference-record three bids a year ago and were projected by many publications to receive three bids for the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the start of the season (Connecticut, St. John’s and Louisville).

Big East analysis by ESPN’s Jeremy Mills:

“St. John’s moved onto the bubble and knocked Louisville out of the field with a sweep of its series this weekend, while Connecticut solidified its hold on the top of the Big East standings. The Big East and Big Ten both have several solid teams this season, but parity among the top contenders could cost the conferences in June. Neither has a lock to earn an at-large bid if they fall short in the conference tournament, so it will likely come down to one week in May to determine the winner between Connecticut, St. John’s and Louisville in the Big East…”

“Baseball America” 2011 Draft Update

The talk preseason was about how UConn was a team that possessed two sure-fire first round picks on its roster.

Baseball America just released their Midseason Top-50 for the 2011 MLB Draft, and sure enough George Springer and Matt Barnes are right at the top of the list:

George Springer, OF, Jr. (Photo Courtesy of UConn Athletics)

George Springer:

2011 Stats: 36 G (36 GS), .348 BA, 16 2B, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 16-22 SB

Current Rank: No. 10     Previous Rank: No. 4

“Best college athlete available is regaining momentum after a [s]low start.”


Matt Barnes, SP, Jr. (Photo Courtesy of UConn Athletics)

Matt Barnes:
2011 Stats: 7-2 Record, 1.04 ERA (2 CG Shutouts), 69.0 IP, 61 K, 16 BB, .149 BAA

Current Rank: No. 14     Previous Rank: No. 8

“How deep is 2011? Barnes would have been in the running to be top college pitcher drafted in 2010.”


UConn Wins 6th in a Row

Connecticut baseball continues on their winning ways with a 13-2 win over Fairfield at J.O. Christian Field Tuesday. The Huskies have now won six games in a row and 13 of their last 15 games to raise their season record to 23-12-1 (10-2 Big East).

Game Notes:

  • UConn led 11-2 after six innings
  • 5 SB for the Huskies (2011: 4th Game with 5+ SB)
  • George Springer: 6 RBI (2011: 2nd Game with 5+ RBI)
  • Springer: 2-4, Extended Hitting Streak to 15 Games
  • Pat Butler: 6.0 IP, 0 ER (1 R) — Since 4/14: 2 Starts (2-0), 13.0 IP, 2 ER, 1.38 ERA — Prior to 4/14: 3 App (0-1), 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 9.00 ERA
  • Both of Fairfield’s runs were unearned
  • John Sulzicki: 7th-inning single; Now 3-for-13 in 2011 (.231 BA)
  • Top 3 Spots in UConn Lineup (Mike Friel, Nick Ahmed/Tom Verdi, Springer) were 8-for-11 with 8 R