Baseball Swept By Delaware In Doubleheader
March 5, 2005
Georgetown, Del. - The University of Massachusetts (1-4) dropped a pair of games this afternoon to the University of Delware (4-4) by scores of 3-2 and 13-3. In game one, Delaware's Dave Harden won the game for the Fightin' Blue Hens with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the tenth. In game two, the Minutemen allowed nine runs to cross the plate in the first inning.
Both games were played at Delaware Technical Community College due to poor field conditions in Newark.
In game one, Delaware struck first in the bottom of the fifth with a Dan Kozek RBI double. The Fightin' Blue Hens tallied their second run of the inning on a groundout.
In the top of the sixth, the Minutemen retaliated with two runs of their own. After a leadoff double by freshman Andy Teutken, senior Jason Twomley blasted a homer to left field to tie the game at 2-2.
The only other scoring threat for both teams occurred in the Delaware half of the eighth. The Blue Hens had runners on first and third with one out before junior Matt Torra struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam. Torra tossed eight innings, striking out 14 and walking only one batter while receiving a no-decision.
In the top of the 10th, sophomore Anthony Santos led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to third on on a groundout and a flyout. However, Twomley was caught looking on the next play, ending the threat.
Delaware wasted no time in their half of the 10th when Adam Tsakonas doubled to left field. Tsakonas advanced to third on a fielder's choice. The next two batters were awarded walks to load the bases, then Dave Harden drove in the winning run on a single to left.
In game two, Delaware struck early and often, notching nine runs in the first inning beginning with a leadoff homerun by Brandon Menchaca. Later in the inning, Menchaca tripled in the eighth run of a nine-run frame. Delaware put the game out of reach in the next frame, adding three more to go up 12-0.
For the Minutemen, senior Curt Szado went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored while Twomley smashed another home run for his second of the season.
Massachusetts faces Delaware in the final game of the series tomorrow at noon.