Baseball Drops 10-9 Heartbreaker To Army
March 15, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The UMass baseball team scored a season-high nine runs, but seven unanswered by Army led to a heartbreaking 10-9 loss for the Minutemen at Chain of Lakes Park on Tuesday afternoon. Following the setback, UMass is 1-7 on the season, while the Black Knights improve to 3-10.
After a quick opening three innings, the UMass bats erupted in the top of the fourth, batting around and scoring four runs on four hits. The Minutemen had three RBI doubles in the frame as junior Tom Conley knocked in senior Kyle Multner, freshman Adam Picard plated Conley and Gedman collected two RBIs on a double to right center that scored Picard and freshman Josh Messier.
Army took two of the runs back in its next turn at bat and pulled within 5-3 with another run in the fifth. Clint Moore doubled to left and crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Sean McIlroy for the team's first run and JT Watkins sent in Moore with a single up the middle. In the fifth, Ben Konigsfeld reached on a fielder's choice and came home on a double steal.
UMass once again sent nine hitters to the plate and added four more runs to push the advantage to 9-3 in the top of the sixth. After the first two batters of the inning walked and were picked off, the Minutemen proceeded to tally five hits. Following a single through the right side by Gedman, Copa homered for a second consecutive game, hitting a two-run shot to left. Picard later doubled in Multner and freshman Dylan Begin for UMass' final runs of the afternoon.
The Black Knights then proceeded to score seven unanswered to rally for the win. Army countered with a four-run bottom of the sixth to close the gap to 9-7, all coming with two away. Koenigsfeld sent a two-run single into center and scored when the next batter, Joey Henshaw, dropped a double into right that also plated Watkins.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, Zach Price doubled and came home on a double by Henshaw to bring the Black Knights within a run of the Minutemen. Moore scored the tying run on a single to right center by Watkins and McIlroy crossed the plate for the would-be winning run on an errant throw to first.
UMass threatened in the top of the ninth by loading the bases with three straight walks, but Koenigsfeld worked out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts to collect the save (1). Junior Leif Sorenson took the loss (0-2) for the Minutemen after letting up three runs, two earned, on four hits with one walk and one strikeout. Holding UMass to one run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief, Ken Jackson registered the win (1-1) for Army.
Copa went 3-for-6 with three RBI and a run scored for UMass, while Conley finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Gedman batted 3-for-5, while driving in two and scoring twice and Picard recorded three RBI and scored once, going 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
Pacing the Black Knights, Henshaw and Watkins combined for eight of Army's 14 hits, both batting 4-for-5. Henshaw drove in three and Watkins picked up two RBI, each scoring a run, as well.
UMass will next face Indiana tomorrow, Wednesday, Mar. 16, at 2 p.m. on Lake Myrtle Park Main Field.