Baseball Posts Season-Opening Win at South Florida, 3-2
March 1, 2002
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team defeated South Florida, 3-2, here on Friday evening. With the victory, UMass moves to 1-0 on the season, posting their first opening-day win since 1997, while South Florida falls to 4-7.
Senior designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) batted in all three Minutemen runs, plating the first UMass run on a one-out, RBI-single in the third scoring Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.). In the fifth, Morgan connected on a one-out, two-RBI single, scoring Cullen Maumus (New Orleans, La.) and Stojanowski.
UMass led after seven, 3-1 behind the pitching of senior Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.), who went nine innings scattering five hits and striking out five. In the eighth, South Florida added an unearned run on a fielding mistake by the Minutemen. After Kris Courier doubled to right-center, UMass allowed the run to score on a throwing error by Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.).
John Gorham took the loss for South Florida despite a career-high 11 strikeouts. Gorham threw eight innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits.
Morgan and Maumus led the UMass offense in their first outing of the year. Morgan finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, while Maumus finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.
UMass and South Florida will play game two of the three-game series on Saturday, March 2. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.
UMass 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 3 8 2 South Florida 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 2 5 3