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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.

UConn Huskies
2020 UConn Huskies baseball team
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
Founded1896; 123 years ago (1896)
UniversityUniversity of Connecticut
Head coachJim Penders (17th season)
ConferenceThe American
LocationStorrs, Connecticut
Home stadiumElliot Ballpark
(Capacity: 1,500)
NicknameHuskies
ColorsNational Flag Blue and White[1]
         
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
Conference champions
2011

UConn has appeared in five College World Series and 21 NCAA Tournaments.

HistoryEdit

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.

FacilitiesEdit

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.[2] 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.[3][4][5][6][7]

Year by year resultsEdit

Head coachesEdit

The following is a list of all UConn coaches and their known records, through the 2017 season.[8]

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 .500
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 488 345 4 .585

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).[9] As of 2017, Nick Ahmed, Matt Barnes, Scott Oberg, George Springer are on active Major League rosters.

Player awardsEdit

Retired numbersEdit

The Huskies have retired three numbers in their more than 100-year history.[10]

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-AmericansEdit

The following All-Americans are recognized by the University of Connecticut. First team selections are noted with a check.[11]

Season Name Position ABCA BA CB NCBWA
1958 Bob Wedin P
 Y
N/A
1959 Moe Morhardt OF
 Y
N/A
Bill Stevens OF
N/A
1961 Joe Clement P
N/A
1963 Eddie Jones P
 Y
N/A
1967 George Greer OF
N/A
1968
N/A
1972 John Ihlenburg 3B
N/A
1976 Tom Germano P
N/A
1979 Colin McLaughlin P
N/A
Randy LaVigne OF
N/A
1988 Charles Nagy P
N/A
1993 Dennis Dwyer OF
N/A
1994 Brian Majeski OF
N/A
1996 Jason Grabowski DH
 Y
N/A
1997
N/A
1999 Mike Scott OF
N/A
2010 Mike Nemeth 1B
2011 Matt Barnes P
 Y
 Y
 Y
George Springer OF
 Y
 Y
 Y
Kevin Vance P
2013 L. J. Mazzilli 2B
2015 Vinny Siena 3B
Carson Cross P
2016 Anthony Kay P

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brand Identity Standards | University of Connecticut" (PDF). Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "New Stadium to be Named Elliot Ballpark" (Press release). University of Connecticut. April 25, 2019. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Tim Tolokan (March 12, 2018). "Time to Bring UConn Baseball into a New Home". UConn Huskies. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Dan Madigan (February 3, 2017). "UConn releases info on possible new athletic facilities". The Daily Campus. Storrs, Connecticut. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Aman Kidwai (November 2, 2017). "UConn Getting New Soccer, Baseball, and Softball Stadiums". The UConn Blog. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Kathleen Megan (March 2, 2017). "UConn Trustees Approve $4.75 Million Design for 3 New Stadiums". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 2012 Baseball Media Guide. UConnHuskies.com. p. 46. Retrieved 2012-06-25.
  9. ^ 2012 Baseball Media Guide. uconnhuskies.com. pp. 49–51. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  10. ^ "Three Former UConn Baseball Greats Have Numbers Retired". UConn Huskies. June 1, 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  11. ^ 2012 Baseball Media Guide. uconnhuskies.com. p. 48. Retrieved 2012-06-25.