Connecticut used a couple of home runs to grab an early lead and some timely hitting to maintain that advantage as the Huskies took the second game of their series against Notre Dame 8-3 at Frank Eck Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies, who won game one of the series 8-5 on Friday night, improve to 27-20 overall while their league record evens at 10-10. The Irish fall to 26-19 and their conference record also goes to 10-10.
Notre Dame starter Brian Dupras allowed six runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings and was hit with the loss. Notre Dame's first three hitters - A.J. Pollock, Golden Tate and Jeremy Barnes – each had a pair of hits while Evan Sharpley knocked in a couple.
UConn reliever Scott Oberg pitched 2.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the victory after starter Elliott Glynn was charged with two runs in four-plus innings. Pierre LePage and Nick Ahmed each had three hits, two runs and a RBI while George Springer had a pair of hits and four RBI, including a three-run homer.
Springer's three-run blast got the Huskies on the board in the top of the first while Peter Fatse led off the top of the fourth with a solo shot to give UConn a 4-0 lead. The Huskies stretched their lead to 6-0 on RBI singles from Mike Nemeth and Springer in the top of the fifth.
Pollock, Tate and Barnes reached base to lead off the bottom of the fifth, but the Irish were in danger of coming up empty when the next two batters popped out before Sharpley came through with a two-run single.
Tate singled home Pollock, who got to second on a dropped fly ball, as the Irish made the score 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth. But LePage and Ahmed picked up RBI in the eighth to seal the win for Connecticut.
The final game of the series will be played on Sunday at 1:05 when Eric Maust is scheduled to start for the Irish.