Minutemen Out-Dueled By Maryland, 3-2 In 10 Innings
March 2, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The UMass baseball team erased an early 2-0 deficit, but Maryland pushed across a run in the bottom of the 10th to take the contest from the Minutemen, 3-2. UMass is now 0-6 to start the season, while the Terrapins improve to 8-2 on the year.
LaMonte Wade drove a one-out single up the middle in Maryland's half of the first and came in to score the first run of the ballgame on a sacrifice fly by Nick Cieri after advancing to third on a single by Anthony Papio and a failed pickoff attempt. Blake Schmit plated Papio with a single through the left side to increase the Terps' lead to 2-0.
The Minutemen trimmed the lead to 2-1 with a run in the top of the third. Freshman Dylan Morris drew a walk and advanced to third following a fielder's choice and a wild pitch to set up an RBI groundout by senior Nik Campero.
UMass then tied the score in its next trip to the plate. Sophomore John Jennings dropped a leadoff single into left, moved to second on a bunt single by senior Nick Sanford and went to third when sophomore Vinny Scifo was hit by a pitch. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie then brought in the run with a ground ball to even the score at 2-2.
The teams remained deadlocked in a pitchers' duel until the bottom of the tenth.
Charlie White and Wade reached with back-to-back one-out singles and Papio was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Mike Rescigno, who hit a ground ball to second base to bring in the winning run.
Senior Aaron Plunkett took the loss (0-1) for the Minutemen despite pitching five shutout innings. He allowed one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. Freshman Mike Geannelis made his starting debut on the mound for UMass and tossed four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out one. Alex Robinson picked up the win (1-0) for Maryland following 1.1 innings of hitless relief.
Sanford was the lone Minuteman to post multiple hits in the contest, going 2-for-4. White (2-for-4) and Wade (2-for-5) had multi-hit games for the Terrapins.
UMass will be back in action on Friday, March 7, when the squad will play its first of three games at Davidson at 3:00 p.m.