UConn Huskies baseball
The UConn Huskies baseball team represents the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut in college baseball. The program is classified as NCAA Division I, and the team competes in the American Athletic Conference, but will move to the Big East Conference after the 2020 season. The team is coached by Jim Penders.
|2020 UConn Huskies baseball team|
|University||University of Connecticut|
|Head coach||Jim Penders (17th season)|
|Home stadium||Elliot Ballpark |
|Colors||National Flag Blue and White|
|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, 2016, 2018, 2019|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1990, 1994, 2013, 2016|
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.
The Huskies will open the new 1,500-seat Elliot Ballpark, located at the southwest edge of the campus athletic complex, for their final season in The American in 2020. It will replace J. O. Christian Field, a 2,000-seat stadium located across the street from the new ballpark. Some games are also played at minor league venues in Connecticut, most frequently Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut, Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut and New Britain Stadium in New Britain, Connecticut, all of which seat over 6,000 spectators.
In 2017, UConn released plans for new athletic and recreation facilities, including a new baseball stadium whose name would later be revealed as Elliot Ballpark. It is being named after the primary donors to the ballpark project, the Elliot family, headed by Doug Elliot, a former UConn baseball player who became an executive with The Hartford. The stadium is being built across the street from J. O. Christian Field, on the site of Morrone Stadium, and will seat 1,500. Construction on the athletic complex began in mid-2018.
Year by year resultsEdit
The following is a list of all UConn coaches and their known records, through the 2017 season.
|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|
|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||.500|
|J. Wilder Tasker||1922–1923||12||18||0||.400|
|J. Orlean Christian||1936–1961||254||170||7||.599|
Huskies in the prosEdit
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). As of 2017, Nick Ahmed, Matt Barnes, Scott Oberg, George Springer are on active Major League rosters.
The Huskies have retired three numbers in their more than 100-year history.
|Uconn Huskies baseball retired numbers|
|17||J. O. Christian||Head Coach||1936–61|
|28||Andy Baylock||Head Coach||1980–2004|
|35||Larry Panciera||Head Coach||1962–79|
The following All-Americans are recognized by the University of Connecticut. First team selections are noted with a check.
|2013||L. J. Mazzilli||2B|
- "Brand Identity Standards | University of Connecticut" (PDF). Retrieved June 8, 2015.
- "New Stadium to be Named Elliot Ballpark" (Press release). University of Connecticut. April 25, 2019. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
- Tim Tolokan (March 12, 2018). "Time to Bring UConn Baseball into a New Home". UConn Huskies. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
- Dan Madigan (February 3, 2017). "UConn releases info on possible new athletic facilities". The Daily Campus. Storrs, Connecticut. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
- Aman Kidwai (November 2, 2017). "UConn Getting New Soccer, Baseball, and Softball Stadiums". The UConn Blog. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
- Kathleen Megan (March 2, 2017). "UConn Trustees Approve $4.75 Million Design for 3 New Stadiums". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
- Kathleen Megan (February 10, 2017). "With Feasibility Study And Ticket Surcharge, UConn Moving Forward on Plans For New Stadiums". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
- 2012 Baseball Media Guide. UConnHuskies.com. p. 46. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
- 2012 Baseball Media Guide. uconnhuskies.com. pp. 49–51. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
- "Three Former UConn Baseball Greats Have Numbers Retired". UConn Huskies. June 1, 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- 2012 Baseball Media Guide. uconnhuskies.com. p. 48. Retrieved 2012-06-25.