By Colin McDonough, Associate Sports Editor
Prior to the regular season, George Springer and Matt Barnes said that winning championships were naturally the team’s only goals in 2011. After beating Louisville 7-5 at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs Saturday, the No. 18 UConn baseball team clinched its first ever outright Big East regular season championship. The win moved the Huskies’ record to 36-14-1 overall, with a 20-4 mark in the conference.
Springer smacked his 11th home run of the season against the Cardinals. The homer gave the junior 45 career round trippers, which is tops in school history.
Last season UConn failed to win the Big East regular season title in the regular season’s final weekend. In postseason play, the Huskies lost the Big East tournament championship to St. John’s. The baseball team’s accomplishments adds to UConn’s incredible athletic year. The university now owns Big East championships in football, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, track and field and baseball, all coming this academic year.
When the Big East tournament begins May 25 in Clearwater, Fla. the Huskies will be the No. 1 seed and look to add to UConn’s conference dominance.