Connecticut Huskies baseball

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Connecticut Huskies
Founded: 1896; 118 years ago (1896)
2014 Connecticut Huskies baseball team
Connecticut Huskies athletic logo

University University of Connecticut
Conference The American
Location Storrs, CT
Head Coach Jim Penders (12th year)
Home Stadium J. O. Christian Field
(Capacity: 2,000)
Nickname Huskies
Colors

National Flag Blue and White and Crimson

                   
College World Series Appearances
1957, 1959, 1965, 1972, 1979
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965 1968, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2010, 2011, 2013
Conference Tournament Champions
1990, 1994, 2013
Conference Champions
2011

The Connecticut Huskies baseball team represents the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut in college baseball. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the American Athletic Conference. The team is coached by Jim Penders.

UConn has appeared in five College World Series and 18 NCAA Tournaments.

Facilities[edit]

The Huskies play at J. O. Christian Field, a 2,000 seat stadium located at the southwest edge the campus athletic complex. Some games are also played at minor league venues in Connecticut, most frequently Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT and New Britain Stadium in New Britain, CT, each of which seat over 6,000 spectators.

Coaches[edit]

The following is a list of all UConn coaches and their known records, through the 2013 season.[1]

Coach
Tenure
Wins
Losses
Ties
Pct.
No coach 1896–1898 6 9 0 .400
T. D. Knowles 1899–1901 11 9 1 .555
Edwin O. Smith 1902–1905 13 9 1 .591
George E. Lamson 1906–1908 12 13 1 .480
John Sullivan 1909–1910 9 7 0 .563
James Nicholas 1911 0 9 0 .000
No coach 1912 6 6 0 .500
Robert Edger 1913 4 6 0 .400
Charles A. Reed 1914 0 4 0 .000
J. J. Donovan 1915 1 7 0 .125
D. E. Chase 1916 1 8 0 .111
John J. Donahue 1917 1 1 0 .500
Roy J. Guyer 1919 6 6 0 .50
William Mellor 1920 3 8 0 .273
Ross Swartz 1921 2 11 1 .154
J. Wilder Tasker 1922–1923 12 18 0 .400
Sumner Dole 1924–1935 64 90 2 .416
J. Orlean Christian 1936–1961 254 170 7 .599
Larry Panciera 1962–1979 297 160 5 .650
Andy Baylock 1980–2003 556 492 8 .530
Jim Penders 2004–present 382 270 4 .585

Year by year results[edit]

The Huskies were a regional power under coaches J. Orlean Christian and Larry Panciera, making twelve appearances in the NCAA Tournament and five appearances in the College World Series from 1957 to 1979. The end of true regional play has hurt teams from the northeast, Connecticut included, as they have made just five NCAA Tournament appearances in 28 seasons since beginning play in the Big East in 1985. The Huskies made their first Super Regional appearance in 2011, defeating traditional power Clemson before falling to eventual national champion South Carolina. Connecticut has claimed three Big East Conference Baseball Tournament Championships in 1990, 1994, and 2013, one Big East Regular season championship in 2011, and one divisional championship in the first year of Big East competition in 1985.

Huskies in the pros[edit]

Connecticut has produced dozens of professional players, coaches, and umpires, most notably Jeff Fulchino (Florida Marlins, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres), Jesse Carlson (Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox), Bob Schaefer (numerous coaching positions with 11 teams, currently Washington Nationals), Charles Nagy (Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres; coach Arizona Diamondbacks), Walt Dropo (1950 AL Rookie of the Year), Jim Reynolds (umpire), and Dan Iassogna (umpire). Ten players were selected in the 2011 MLB Draft, including first round picks Matt Barnes (Boston Red Sox) and George Springer (Houston Astros).[2] Mike Olt is the most recent Husky to play in the major leagues, debuting with the Texas Rangers on August 2, 2012. Olt was the Rangers second round pick, 49th overall, in the 2010 MLB Draft.[3]

Player awards[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

The Huskies have retired three numbers in their more than 100-year history.[4]

Uconn Huskies baseball retired numbers
No. Name Pos. Career
17 J. O. Christian Head Coach 1936-61
28 Andy Baylock Head Coach 1980-2004
35 Larry Panciera Head Coach 1962-79

All-Americans[edit]

The following All-Americans are recognized by the University of Connecticut. First team selections are noted with a check.[5]

Season Name Position ABCA BA CB NCBWA
1958 Bob Wedin Pitcher
Green tickY
N/A
1959 Moe Morhardt Outfielder
Green tickY
N/A
Bill Stevens Outfielder
N/A
1961 Joe Clement Pitcher
N/A
1963 Eddie Jones Pitcher
Green tickY
N/A
1967 George Greer Outfielder
N/A
1968
N/A
1972 John Ihelnburg Third baseman
N/A
1976 Tom Germano Pitcher
N/A
1979 Colin McLaughlin Pitcher
N/A
Randy LaVigne Outfielder
N/A
1988 Charles Nagy Pitcher
N/A
1993 Dennis Dwyer Outfielder
N/A
1994 Brian Majeski Outfielder
N/A
1996 Jason Grabowski Designated Hitter
Green tickY
N/A
1997
N/A
1999 Mike Scott Outfielder
N/A
2010 Mike Nemeth First baseman
2011 Matt Barnes Starting pitcher
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
George Springer Outfielder
Green tickY
Green tickY
Green tickY
Kevin Vance Pitcher

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012 Baseball Media Guide. UConnHuskies.com. p. 46. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  2. ^ 2012 Baseball Media Guide. uconnhuskies.com. pp. 49–51. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  3. ^ Dom Amore (August 2, 2012). "Former UConn Star Mike Olt Gets Call From Rangers". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Three Former UConn Baseball Greats Have Numbers Retired". UConn Huskies. June 1, 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ 2012 Baseball Media Guide. uconnhuskies.com. p. 48. Retrieved 2012-06-25.