On The Upswing: UConn Leads Surging TeamsAnalysis
Each week, D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers take a look at 10 teams that raised their profiles over the weekend. Which teams are On The Upswing after Opening Weekend?
Aaron Fitt’s Five
The Huskies made the biggest splash of any team in Week One, taking two of three from No. 4 Louisville in Lakeland, Fla. We were already high on UConn, a team that just barely missed our preseason Top 25, and it seems obvious now that this is a Top 25-caliber team, even if we didn’t have room to bring the Huskies into the rankings because just about everybody in the Top 25 took care of business.
Most impressive of all, UConn took down Louisville without preseason All-America ace Mason Feole, who was sidelined due to injury. In his place, veteran sinkerballer Jeff Kersten took the ball on Friday night and carved up a Louisville lineup that is going to be very good. Kersten allowed just one unearned run in six innings, and flame-thrower Jacob Wallace worked two hitless innings with three strikeouts to earn the save. Wallace has an electric arm, with a fastball that reaches 96 and a wipeout slider, but his walk rate was high last year, so it was encouraging to see him work 3.1 innings of hitless relief this weekend without issuing a walk. He notched his second save of the weekend on Sunday, working 1.1 scoreless. Sophomore second baseman Christian Fedko (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI) led a balanced 11-hit attack for the Huskies in the finale.