Four-Run Seventh Lifts Army Over UMass Baseball, 7-3
Feb. 23, 2014
CARY, N.C. - UMass baseball scored three times in the bottom of the sixth, but a four-run top of the seventh helped lift Army past the Minutemen, 7-3 in the teams' final game of the weekend at the USA Baseball Complex. The loss leaves UMass at 0-3, while the Black Knights improve to 4-2.
Army began the contest with a 3-0 advantage after scoring three runs on three hits in the top of the second. Jacob Page led off the frame with a single and moved to third following a sacrifice and a fielder's choice, then scored on an RBI single by Daniel Cortes. Patrick Mescher scored on an error and Grant Van Orden doubled in Ben Smith.
The Minutemen later tied the score in the sixth. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie and junior Paul Yanakopulos opened the trip to the plate with back-to-back singles and freshman Mike Geannelis plated the pair with a two-run double. Following a walk to senior Dylan Begin and a sacrifice by senior Nik Campero that moved Geannellis to third, redshirt junior Adam Picard brought in the tying run with a sacrifice fly.
However, the Black Knights used a three run-double by Harold Earls in the top of the seventh to regain the lead, 6-3, and later scored the seventh and final run of the day on an RBI single by Page.
UMass starter Conor LeBlanc took the loss (0-1) after allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits with no walks and one strikeout in 6.1 innings of work. Carson Meadows collected the victory (1-0) out of the bullpen for Army. He worked three shutout innings of relief and allowed two hits, while striking out six.
The top four in the batting order for the Minutemen combined for eight of the squad's nine hits as Adie was 2-for-5, Yanakopulos 2-for-4, Geannelis 2-for-4 and Begin 2-for-3. Adie, Yanakopulos and Geannelis each scored a run apiece, while Geannelis drove in two, as well.
Earls finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored for the Black Knights and Van Orden was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
UMass will next travel to College Park, Md., for a four-game series against Maryland, Feb. 28-March 2.