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UConn baseball pastes Boston College, 12-0

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The Huskies rode a stellar hitting performance to a massive victory.

UConn’s Chris Winkel #11 celebrates with Ben Maycock (center) and Zach Bushling (right) after his home run in the 5th inning.
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UConn baseball opened a can of whup-ass on Boston College Tuesday afternoon, beating their regional rivals 12-0 in their most complete performance so far this season.

Returning to the lineup against Rhode Island after slumping at the start of the season, senior captain Chris Winkel was the catalyst for UConn, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in the blowout win.

“It looked like guys just got a little more comfortable out there [today] and Chris was key to that, showing them the way,” head coach Jim Penders said.

Eight of nine Huskies recorded at least one hit on the day, and they recorded a season-high five extra-base hits.

Boston College starter Joe Mancini held the Huskies scoreless through 4.0 innings, but as soon as the Eagles went to the bullpen, the UConn lineup pounced. Winkel kicked off the scoring for UConn, with a two-run stinger to right field that scored Ben Maycock, who reached on a hit-by-pitch.

Maycock followed it up with a slap single to kick off a pair of five-run innings in the seventh and eighth. The seventh included a Winkel RBI single and a three-run homer that landed on top of the brand new Rizza Performance Center over the left-field wall.

Christian Fedko kicked proceedings off in the eight with a walk and would come around to score on an Erik Stock single and a hit from David Langer, who was pinch-hitting for Maycock. Winkel started the scoring frenzy, and finished it off with another two-run home run to right field.

UConn freshman Pat Gallagher turned in a really solid start, firing 5.0 scoreless innings to earn his second win of the year. Diving catches from Kyler Fedko and Erik Stock on balls hit deep in the outfield corners kept the shutout intact.

UConn is now 10-12 on the season, with one more weekend series to go before Big East conference play. The Huskies will take on UMass in a weekend series starting on Friday.