Baseball Picks Up First Win Of Season in New Orleans, 4-3
Feb. 27, 2005
New Orleans, La. - The University of Massachusetts (1-2) notched its first win of the season on Sunday, 4-3, over New Orleans (3-6) in the final game of a three-game series. Senior Curt Szado went 4-for-4 on the day with two RBI, including the game-winner in the seventh.
UNO opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when a throwing error advanced the leadoff hitter, Jason Schwab, to second base. A ground out advanced Schwab to third, and then Mike Costantino walked. On the next play, Costantino was caught stealing at second, which allowed Schwab to score.
UMass fought back in the top of the fifth, when sophomore Travis Munsey reached first on an infield single. Freshman Ryan Franczek then singled to left field. Senior Jason Twomley walked to load the bases, and sohpomore Bill Rankin forced another walk, scoring Munsey from third. Senior Derrick Durepo drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Franczek. Finally, Szado cracked a double down the right field line to score Twomley.
UNO came right back in its half of the fifth to deadlock the game at 3-3, capped by a RBI double from Brandon Bowser.
In the top of the seventh, UMass played smart baseball to manufacture the winning run. Twomley led off with a single to center, and Rankin advanced him on a sacrifice bunt. After Durepo grounded out to third for the second out of the inning, Szado singled to left and got himself in a rundown between first and second, allowing Twomley to score before he was tagged out.
Demers and Lavorgna shut down the Privateers after UMass took the lead, allowing only one hit in the next three innings to pick up the first win of the season.
The Minutemen are back in action on March 5 and 6, when they travel to Newark to take on the University of Delaware. Both games are scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM.
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