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UConn baseball beats Georgetown, game cut short due to COVID concerns

The Huskies’ 6-0 victory was hardly the biggest story on Saturday.

UConn’s Austin Peterson #49 is congratulated by Patrick Winkel #43 after the 3rd inning.
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UConn baseball suspended their 2021 season due to COVID-19 concerns after picking up a 6-0 win over Georgetown on Saturday.

According to head coach Jim Penders after the game, the Huskies had “a couple positives” on Friday and those player were put into quarantine. On Saturday morning, Penders said a player reported that he was sick before the game and got himself tested. UConn received the news that the test was positive in the middle of the game, and the two team doctors mutually agreed that the rest of the series would be canceled. The Saturday game was called after 7.0 innings, with the Huskies up 6-0.

The entire UConn team will be tested together on Monday morning to determine how long this COVID pause will last, Penders said.

“It’s just a reminder that, hey, we’re not through this yet,” Penders said. “Nobody’s safe from this thing, and if you think that then it’ll beat you.”

As for the game itself, UConn dispatched a clearly inferior Georgetown team in much the same was as they did on Friday. Austin Peterson followed in Ben Casparius’ footsteps with a complete game shutout of his own, needing just 78 pitches to sit down 21 of 23 Georgetown batters he faced.

UConn scored all of their six runs in the first four innings. Pat Winkel started the run parade in the first with an RBI single to left field that brought Zach Bushling around from second. The younger Winkel followed it up in the second with an RBI double deep to the wall in center field.

An RBI triple from Zach Bushling, RBI single from Chris Brown, and sacrifice fly from Kyler Fedko all padded the Huskies’ lead in the third and fourth innings.