Baseball Downed By Yale, 6-1
March 13, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts (2-6) fell to Yale University (2-6), 6-1, this afternoon at Academy Park. Freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) went 2-for-2 and drove in the only run in the loss.
The Minutemen, who were the beneficiaries of a complete-game shutout yesterday from junior Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.), had the tables turned on them as Alec Smith tossed a complete game for the Bulldogs, allowing seven hits and the one run.
Yale jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first with a four-run inning. Justin Ankney opened the game with a double down the left field line, and the next batter, Marc Sawyer, drove him in on a single to right center. A single and a walk later loaded the bases. Jake Doyle drove in a run with an infield single, and then a throwing error by sophomore Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) allowed two more runs to score.
The Bulldogs added to their lead in the third when Chris Esper came to the plate with the bases loaded. Esper singled to left field to drive in Doyle and put Yale up 5-0.
The Minutemen's only run of the day came in the bottom of the fourth, beginning when senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. Freshman Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) singled to advance Szado to third and Garrity knocked in Szado with a single through the right side of the infield.
Szado went 1-for-2 on the day, with a walk and the hit-by-pitch. Santos also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Freshman Aaron Smith (Westfield, Mass.) did a great job in relief of junior Jeremy Demers (Southampton, Mass.), pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just one run and striking out eight.
The final run for Yale came in the top of the eighth, when Matt Stone reached third thanks to a leadoff single and two Smith wild pitches. Doyle singled down the right field line to plate Stone.
For Yale, Stone went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Ankney, Doyle, and Sawyer all knocked two hits.
The Minutemen will play their third game in Florida tomorrow, when they play Miami (Ohio) at 8:00 PM.