Baseball Drops Season-Opening Doubleheader To Army
Feb. 22, 2014
CARY, N.C. - The UMass baseball team dropped both games of its season-opening doubleheader against Army on Saturday at the USA Baseball Complex. The Minutemen fell 14-0 in game one before a narrow 4-3 setback in game two.
The Black Knights began game two with a 1-0 lead after scoring in the top of the third. Daniel Cortes drew a leadoff walk, moved to third after a pair of ground balls and scored on an RBI single by Jon Crucitti.
UMass responded by putting up two in the bottom half of the frame to pull in front, 2-1, though. Senior Nick Sanford opened up the Minutemen's turn at bat with a single, while one-out walks to sophomore Vinny Scifo and redshirt junior Adam Picard loaded the bases to set up a sacrifice fly by senior Dylan Begin. Scifo also came in on an error on the same play.
Army later tied the score at two in the top of the fourth with a two-out RBI single by Cortes that drove in Mark McCants who was hit by a pitch with one away.
A single and an error to begin the eighth led to the Black Knights climbing on top, 4-2. Patrick Mescher brought in Grant Van Orden with a sacrifice fly and Crucitti scored on an RBI single by McCants.
UMass' ninth-inning rally came up just short as sophomore John Jennings reached with a leadoff single and redshirt junior Kyle Adie later plated pinch runner Paul Yanakopulos with an RBI single. However, Johnny Griffith struck out both batters he faced to end the threat and collect the save for Army.
Freshman Ryan Moloney went eight innings in his first collegiate start, but took the loss (0-1) after allowing four runs, just two earned, on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Reliever Julian Larimer earned the win (1-0) for the Black Knights after scattering four hits over three innings of work and allowing one run with one walk and five strikeouts.
At the plate for the Minutemen, senior Nik Campero went 3-for-4, Jennings hit 2-for-4 and Adie was 2-for-5. Jennings also logged UMass' lone hit in game one, a double in the bottom of the fifth.
Army scored in each of the first four innings in game one, added two in the sixth and five in the ninth. Crucitti was one of five players for the Black Knights to register multiple hits (2-for-3) and drove in three, while scoring two.
Sophomore Brandon Walsh took the loss (0-1) for the Minutemen on the mound as he let up four runs on one hit and walked three. Nick Dignacco collected the victory (2-0) for Army. He tossed six scoreless innings, allowed one hit, walked one and fanned six.
The teams will close out their weekend series on Sunday at noon.