Seton Hall Shuts Out UMass Baseball, 9-0
March 15, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The UMass baseball team dropped its opening game of the Strike Out Cancer Tournament, falling 9-0 to host Seton Hall on Friday afternoon at Owen T. Carroll Field. Following the setback, the Minutemen are now 1-6 to start the season, while the Pirates improve to 4-9.
Seton Hall began with a three-run first as Zack Granite led off the inning with a single up the middle and stole three bases to put the Pirates on the board. Scott Kalamar drew a one-out walk and came home on a single to left by Giuseppe Papaccio. Pappacio later crossed the plate for the squad's third run on a sacrifice fly to right by John Beaubien.
The Minutemen had the tying runs on base with two away in the top of the fourth as redshirt sophomore Adam Picard singled through the right side, freshman Brandon Walsh drew a walk and freshman John Jennings singled up the middle to load the bases. However, Jon Prosinski got freshman Vinny Scifo to strike out to end the threat.
Seton Hall added a fourth run courtesy of a leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth and later broke the game open with a five-run eighth that included a grand slam by Sal Annunziata.
Sophomore Conor LeBlanc took the loss (0-2) on the mound for UMass. He allowed four runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Prosinski threw six innings and surrendered five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts to log the win (2-2) for the Pirates. Connor Krauss relieved him and limited the Minutemen to one hit over three innings, walked one and fanned three to record a save.
Jennings provided three of UMass' six hits on the day, his first three of his collegiate career to finish 3-for-4. Redshirt junior Ryan Cusick, senior Anthony Serino and Picard all chipped in with hits as well, all singles. Granite went 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored to pace Seton Hall and Annunziata was 2-for-4 with four RBI.
The Minutemen will return to action tomorrow afternoon, taking on Manhattan at 12 p.m. at Owen T. Carroll Field.