Baseball Splits Saturday Games In North Carolina

Junior Conor LeBlanc threw eight shutout innings and earned the win against North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

Junior Conor LeBlanc threw eight shutout innings and earned the win against North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

March 8, 2014

Box Score - North Carolina A&T
Box Score - Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. - The UMass baseball team split its pair of contests on Saturday, first blanking North Carolina A&T, 15-0, and falling to host Davidson, 13-3 in the nightcap at Wilson Field. Following the day's action, the Minutemen are now 1-7 on the season.

The Minutemen began afternoon by pounding out 19 hits, including four home runs, the squad's highest single game totals since 2011.

UMass opened the contest with a four-run first inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. Senior Dylan Begin put the Minutemen on the board with a three-run blast to left, while senior Nick Sanford capped off the inning with an RBI single that plated senior Nik Campero.

The squad then proceeded to post runs in each of the next three innings. Campero increased the advantage to 7-0 with UMass' second three-run home run of the day in the second inning. Begin then drove in his fourth and fifth of the afternoon, a career best, with a two-run single up the middle.

In the Minutemen's half of the fourth, sophomore Brandon Walsh homered to left center, his first of his collegiate career.

UMass completed the scoring with four in the eighth. After Walsh and Sanford both reached via hit by pitches, redshirt junior Kyle Adie hit is first career home run, a three-run shot to right. Freshman Jon Avallone drove in the Minutemen's final run of the contest with a fielder's choice ground ball that plated classmate Dylan Morris.



Juniors Conor LeBlanc and Andrew Grant combined for the shutout. LeBlanc earned the win (1-2) after tossing eight scoreless inning and scattering five hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Tyler Boone took the loss (0-2) for North Carolina A&T. He allowed seven runs on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 1.1 innings on the hill.

Six UMass players had multiple hits in the contest, paced by Begin's 4-for-5 showing, five RBI and two runs scored. Adie and Walsh were 3-for-6 and 3-for-4, respectively. Adie totaled three RBI and three runs scored.

In the Minutemen's second game of the day, Sanford broke up Danny Mooney's no-hit bid with a double down the left field line in the top of the sixth and scored on a two-out single to right by junior Paul Yanakopulos to give UMass a 1-0 lead.

However, Davidson responded with 11 runs on six hits, all with two outs in its next trip to the plate to build a 10-run lead aided by a three-run double off the bat of Forrest Brandt and a two-run homer by Nathan Becker.

The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the seventh before UMass completed the scoring with a two-run ninth. Campero doubled in senior Kellen Pagel and Walsh plated freshman Zack Leone with an infield hit.

Despite holding Davidson off the board through five, freshman Ryan Moloney took the loss (0-3) in his start for the Minutemen. He let up two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.

Mooney collected the win (2-1) as he limited UMass to one run on two hits with one walk and six strikeouts over seven innings.

The Minutemen close out their weekend in North Carolina meeting Davidson again tomorrow, March 9, at Noon.

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