South Florida Holds Off UMass Baseball, 8-4
March 10, 2000
TAMPA, Fla. -- Sophomore Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) cleared the bases with a two-run triple in the top of the second inning, but the UMass offense never got back on track, dropping an 8-4 decision to the University of South Florida on Friday night. UMass drops to 0-4 with the loss, while USF improves to 9-9.
UMass got on the board first with four runs in the top of the second inning off South Florida hurler John Vigue. Sophomore catcher Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) and junior outfielder Gavin Clark (Springfield, Mass.) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Senior Kevin O'Connell (Hartland, Vt) beat out a bunt attempt and an errant throw to first by Vigue allowed Morgan to score, with Clark advancing to third. Sophomore Aaron Senez cleared the bases with a triple to the right-center gap. Senez scored the fouth and final run of the inning on a successful suicide squeeze play by sophomore John Seed (New Bedford, Mass.) with one out.
The Bulls came back with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the third inning. Catcher Jeremy Earle singled to lead off the inning and scored from first on a Mike Cunningham double to centerfield. Cunningham advanced to third on a single by Johnny Raburn. UMass sophomore pitcher Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) unloaded a wild pitch, scoring Cunningham while Raburn advanced two bases to third and eventually scored on a groundout to third base.
South Florida went up 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning. After three straight singles by the Bulls, Santos was relieved by sophomore Brian Hourigan (Beacon Falls, Conn.). Hourigan walked Bo Bentley, loading the bases, then struck out the next two hitters before walking in Chris Cuccia for the fifth South Florida run.
The Bulls added three more runs off Hourigan in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run single by Bentley and a long sacrifice fly to left field by Earle, scoring right fielder Mike Barclay.
Santos took the loss, dropping to 0-2 on the season. Marc Goldberg picked up the win in relief for the Buls, improving to 2-0 this year.
The Minutemen will take on the Bulls again tomorrow afternoon at Red McEwen Field at 1:00 p.m.
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