Minutemen Shutout Eastern Kentucky, 5-0
March 12, 2005
Bradenton, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts (2-5) defeated Eastern Kentucky, 5-0, this afternoon in the Sunshine State. Junior Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.) picked up his first win of the season, pitching a complete game and allowing just four hits.
Torra continued his dominance on the mound in his third start. In his first two starts, Torra threw 15.0 innings, allowing only two earned runs, and striking out 24 while walking four. In today's performance, he walked two and punched out seven.
Senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) continued to swing a hot bat this afternoon, as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Freshman Andy Teutken (Smithfield, R.I.) added two hits and a RBI.
UMass plated its first run in the bottom of the second on a Teutken single which scored Szado. Szado led off the inning with a single to center and then stole second for his first theft of the season. Freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) grounded out to advance Szado to third before Teutken knocked him in.
That run would prove to be enough, as Torra allowed just two EKU players to reach second base. However, the Minutemen added to their lead in the fifth and sixth with a run in each inning. In the fifth, Teutken singled to left field to lead off the inning and then scored when junior Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) forced a bases loaded walk for his second RBI of the season.
In the sixth, the inning was led off with another Szado single, this one to right field. Freshman Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) then reached on an error by the third baseman. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third, and Garrity flew out to right field to plate Szado.
UMass capped its scoring in the bottom of the seventh beginning with two singles from sophomores Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) and Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.). Szado then stepped to the plate and smashed a triple to right field, knocking in his fifth and sixth RBI of the season.
The Minutemen play the second game of their southern trip on Sunday when they face Yale at 7:30 PM.