UMass Baseball Earns 10-5 Win Over La Salle
March 16, 2000
UMass 011 202 022 - 10 12 3
La Salle 103 001 000 - 5 9 4
Veracka, Hourigan(5) and Morgan, Ellerbrook(2). Faulkner, Sanna(6), Manero(8) and Wittmeyer. WP - Hourigan (1-0). LP - Faulkner. 2B - Wittmeyer, Skeffington. 3B - O'Connell. Attendance - 50 . Time - 3:55.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- UMass sophomore Brian Hourigan (Beacon Falls, Conn.) pitched five innings in relief, allowing just three hits and striking out seven, earning the win in an 8-5 victory over La Salle on Thursday night. The Minutemen improve to 3-6 with the win over the explorers.
La Salle grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back singles by Kevin Wittmeyer and Kevin Ibach off UMass starting pitcher Travis Veracka (Stow, Mass.).
The Minutemen responded with a run in both the second and third innings. Sophomore Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.) grounded out to second base in the top of the second inning, scoring freshman catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.) from third. Senior captain Shaun Skeffington (Fall River, Mass.) ripped a double to the left- center gap with one out in the top of the third, then later scored on a single by sophomore Scott Anderson (Easton, Conn.), putting the Minutemen ahead 2-1.
The Explorers took advantage of a leadoff double by Kevin Wittmeyer and two UMass errors in the top of bottom of the third inning, pulling ahead 4-2 after three innings of play.
After a 15 minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning, the Minutemen knotted the game at four apiece. UMass scored two runs on four singles in the inning including three straight to lead off the innng by senior Kevin O'Connell (Hartland, Vt.), sophomore Aaron Senez (Springfield) and Clark.
UMass Extended the lead to 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning. Senez led off the inning with a single to center field. Clark laid down a sacrifice bunt, but La Salle third baseman James Kelly launched the ball into the right field corner. Senez scored all the way from first base, with Clark advancing to third on the play and scoring two pitches later on a wild pitch.
La Salle added one unearned run off Hourigan in the bottom of the sixth inning. Charlie Angelini reached on an error by Senez to lead off the inning and later scored from second on a single by Mike Fuchs with two out.
UMass added two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, extending their lead to 10-5. Skeffington scored from third on an errant throw to second by Wittmeyer attempting to catch Anderson stealing in the eighth. Anderson advanced to third on a groundout to first base by Clark, then scored on a double steal with two outs. Skeffington roped a two-out single up the middle with the bases loaded in the ninth, scoring both Senez and Clark.
Hourigan earned the win for the Minutemen, giving up one unearned run while striking out seven. Wally Faulkner took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched.
The Minutemen will be back in action again on Friday in Bradenton. UMass will face La Salle in the finale of the three-game series with the Explorers at 10:00 a.m.
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