UConn Huskies to take on Louisville Cardinals in three-game series
Published: Friday, April 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 22:04
The UConn baseball team will look to get back to its winning ways when it travels to Louisville for a three-game series with the Cardinals.
In their last outing, the Huskies were defeated 7-1 by a hot Bryant team, who won their sixth game in a row. The Huskies are now 23-18 overall on the season with a conference record of 11-4. UConn has been outscored 22-1 in its last two games, the Huskies lost to Rutgers 15-0 last Sunday at Dodd Stadium. As of late, the UConn bats have gone cold. Junior centerfielder Billy Ferriter was the only Husky with more than one hit in the game against Bryant.
UConn has also struggled on the mound as well. Freshman pitcher Jared Dettmann was pulled from the game against Bryant after 1.2 innings pitched. He surrendered six runs on four hits. In the third game against Rutgers, UConn’s pitchers surrendered eight earned runs in the loss. Despite the recent struggles of the pitching staff, junior right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg is undefeated with a record of 4-0 and has six saves out of the bullpen. Oberg has an ERA of 1.61 on the season.
Louisville comes into this series with a lot of momentum. They are coming off a huge series which saw the No. 23 ranked Cardinals upset the No 1. team in the country. Louisville defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 10-2 this past Tuesday to improve their record to 29-12 overall on the season. The Cardinals have a 10-5 record in Big East play and are currently tied with UConn for first place in the conference. Louisville’s offense is led by sophomore infielder Ty Young. Young leads the team in batting average at .369 and has 45 hits on the year thus far. Senior first baseman currently leads the Big East in homeruns with 10.
On the hill, the Cardinals are a strong team, as three of their top pitchers all have an ERA of 3.25 or less. Junior right-hander Justin Amlung has the best record on the team at 6-3 and has also struck out 69 batters this season.
Louisville holds the all-time advantage in the series with UConn with 10 wins and seven losses. The series this weekend will also be the second time that the Huskies have faced the Cardinals when they are ranked in the national polls. UConn is 11-9 on the road this year.
The first pitch of game one in Louisville will be today at 6:00 p.m. Game two is scheduled to take place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with game three scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.