The Bulls, 23-29 (8-14), fell 11 to 2 in the first game of the final regular season series to UConn. The Bulls could not slow down the Huskies and could not muster anything at the plate.
In the 4th, the Bulls were down 4 to 0 as the Huskies scored 4 runs in that inning. In the bottom of the inning, Joe Genord lifted a 2-run home run to make it 4 to 2. In the 7th, Uconn extended their lead to 7 to 2 as Phoenix Sanders suffered another bad inning against the hard hitting Huskies batting order. In the 8th, Uconn extended their lead to 11 to 2. The Bulls could not get anything going at the plate while the Huskies cranked out a ton of hits and runs against our staff tonight.
Kevin Merrell was 1 for 4 in the game. Luke Borders was 1 for 3 overall. Joe Genord was 1 for 3 with that 2-run shot. The Bulls managed just 4 hits total as the Huskies dominated them. There isn’t another way to sugar coat it.
Phoenix Sanders (5-5) went 7 innings, allowing 10 hits, 7 runs, and struck out 6 batters (just a bad night after working deep into the game). Garrett Bye replaced him, going just two thirds and allowing 2 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and striking out just 1 batter. Brad Labozzetta went 1.1 innings, striking out 2 batters in solid relief work.
The two sides will square up tomorrow at 6:30 PM for the second game of the three game series. Hopefully the Bulls bring their bats to game two and bounce back after a rough night tonight.