Cusick Helps UMass Baseball To First Win, 7-6 Over Ohio
March 3, 2013
CARY, N.C. - Led by a 5-for-5 day at the plate from redshirt junior Ryan Cusick, the UMass baseball team picked up its first win of 2013, coming from behind to defeat Ohio, 7-6 on Sunday at the Irish Classic. The Minutemen are now 1-2 to open the year, while the Bobcats drop to 1-7.
UMass began the day with a 1-0 lead as Cusick led off the game with an infield single, moved to second on a ground ball and came home on an RBI single to right by junior Rob McLam.
In the bottom of the inning, though, Ohio answered with a run of its own courtesy of a single to right by Taylor Embody that drove in Nick Squires.
The Minutemen climbed back on top, 4-1, in their next turn at bat with a three-run inning. Freshman Vinny Scifo reached with a one-out infield hit and advanced to third courtesy of a wild pitch and a balk. Following a walk to sophomore Paul Yanakopoulos, Cusick knocked in Scifo with an infield single. Then with two away, McLam dropped a double into center to plate the pair.
With one in the third and four in the fourth, the Bobcats proceeded to take a 6-4 lead. Embody picked up his second RBI of the day, with a two-out single in the third to drive in Jake Madsen. The following inning, doubles by Dan Schmidt, Squires and Tyler Wells helped Ohio pull in front.
However UMass was quick to answer, knotting the score up at six with two in the top of the fifth. After McLam reached on an error and junior Nik Campero singled to right center to start off the inning, redshirt sophomore Adam Picard brought in McLam with a single to left. Campero later crossed the plate for the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Scifo.
The Minutemen came up with the winning run in the top of the ninth. Sophomore Jeff Cavanaro doubled down the left field line and scored on an error.
Senior Jordan Pace retired Ohio in order in the bottom half to pick up the victory (1-0). He worked 1.1 innings of hitless relief, struck out one and walked one to push the UMass bullpen's streak to 13.2 innings without an earned run to start the year. Brett Barber took the loss (0-1) for the Bobcats after surrendering one unearned run on three hits over 3.2 innings on the hill. Barber recorded three strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
In addition to his 5-for-5 day at the plate for the Minutemen, Cusick contributed an RBI and scored twice. McLam finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored.
UMass will be back in action next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. when the squad will open up a four-game series in Beaumont, Texas against Lamar.