Jim Penders

Baseball: Pitching staff leads Huskies to first series win over Shockers

Baseball: Pitching staff leads Huskies to first series win over Shockers

Seven words. That was all Jim Penders offered on what his team, who dropped back-to-back weekend series, needed to start a three-game set with Wichita State the right way.

“Mason Feole needs to be Mason Feole.”

With Dunkin Donuts Park and the city of Hartford as his backdrop, the undisputed ace of the Huskies’ staff proved why he is he just that: the ace.

Coaches on Coach Penders

Coaches on Coach Penders

Jim Penders, head coach and leader of UConn Baseball, has quite a storied career with the Huskies. A former player and assistant, he was named head coach in 2004 and in that time produced numerous professionals, as well as future coaches. The impact he has had on them, and the program, is profound. Several of them were willing to make time to share their most memorable anecdote from their time with Penders with Matt Barresi of The Daily Campus.

Baseball: Huskies fight through offensive troubles to take down Rhodies 2-1

Baseball: Huskies fight through offensive troubles to take down Rhodies 2-1

If you’re a reliever, you have to be prepared to come into the game at the worst possible time and clean up someone else’s mess. It’s in the job description. That’s exactly what Caleb Wurster faced when he entered the game in UConn’s 2-1 win against Rhode Island on Wednesday.

“In these situations, my mindset is always just throw strikes, trust myself, trust my pitches,” Wurster said. “I know that if I execute my pitches, I have full faith that I can get the job done.”

Coaches Week: Jim Penders

Coaches Week: Jim Penders

Jim Penders is UConn baseball. He is likely too modest to say so, but consider that prior to being named head coach in 2004, the Vernon native was both a player and assistant coach for the Huskies, the former beginning back in 1991. Of course, before he ever donned a uniform, the Penders, whose father played for the Huskies and coached high school baseball in state, found himself at many a UConn game as a member in the crowd growing up.

With wins over Bryant and Northeastern, UConn baseball is having fun again

With wins over Bryant and Northeastern, UConn baseball is having fun again

“It’s not a lack of effort, it’s a good attitude, it’s a good group of guys,” head coach Jim Penders said after the series. “If anything, Cincinnati played a lot looser, and got better results. They were looser in the box, looser on the mound.”

Baseball: Ranked Huskies look to stay perfect at JOC against visiting Fairfield

Baseball: Ranked Huskies look to stay perfect at JOC against visiting Fairfield

“And now you gotta get ready for Fairfield,” head coach Jim Penders said Sunday. “We can’t allow that to be a trap on Tuesday. You gotta have that right mindset tomorrow; getting rest and getting in the work that you need to get ready for those guys because they’ll be ready for us.”

Baseball: A not-so-bittersweet farewell to JOC

Baseball: A not-so-bittersweet farewell to JOC

“As fond memories as I have of the place, and those won’t go anywhere, the field needs to go,” head coach Jim Penders said after Wednesday’s victory over Boston College. “We’re very much ready for the next chapter. Hopefully we’re playing a lot of meaningful games here in 2019, and then it’ll be ready to rest in peace.”

Baseball: Huskies take down Eagles in last meeting at JOC

Baseball: Huskies take down Eagles in last meeting at JOC

“I thought he was fantastic. I thought Colby did a really good job,” head coach Jim Penders said on his mid-week starter. “He gives up some hits, and that’s okay and he needs to understand that. When he gives up hits, you can still win the game. It’s when you give up hit, walk, hit batsman, then a single: that’s when you can’t give up hits. You can’t give the freebies in between hits. He didn't give up any freebies.”

Baseball: Huskies take on Cavaliers in first mid-week action

Baseball: Huskies take on Cavaliers in first mid-week action

“What’s great is that the guys are asking if they can lift here before we get on the bus,” head coach Jim Penders said. “I haven't had many teams that would wanna, after four games, to get a quick lift in. So that’s great. Good attitude about the bunch right now.”