Baseball Rallies to beat Northern Illinois in 10 innings, 4-3
March 16, 2002
BRADENTON, Fla. - Junior pinch runner Tim Klett (Bristol, Conn.) raced home in the bottom of the 10th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the University of Massachusetts baseball team a 4-3 victory over Northern Illinois here on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, their fourth in a row, UMass moves to 5-2 on the season. Northern Illinois falls to 4-6 with the loss.
UMass again benefited from an outstanding performance by senior righthander Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.). Santos threw seven and one-third superb innings, allowing just two runs, both unearned, on three hits. He also struck out seven and walked six. Santos has now thrown 22 innings without allowing an earned run, lowering his ERA to a microscopic 0.39.
The Minutemen jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as senior outfielder Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.) and sophomore shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) each provided RBI singles. Santos and the Minutemen held the lead until the top of the sixth, when two Huskies scored on a two-out Jason Twomley (Easthampton, Mass.) error.
Both teams relied on sensational pitching from starters Santos and Knick Davis, and the two squads remained tied at 2-2. Santos was replaced in the eighth by freshman southpaw Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) and Davis was relieved by Max Sulzburger in the ninth.
In the top of the ninth, Jason Ciarrachi scored on a basehit by Dan Urban to give NIU a 3-2 advantage. In the bottom of the frame, sophomore Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) reached on an error to start the UMass rally. Junior Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) then delivered an RBI double that scored pinch runner Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) from first base. With the game tied at 3-3, Klett pinch ran for Morgan at second. After an infield hit by junior Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.), senior captain Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) hit a groundball to a drawn-in shortstop. Klett, who was running on contact slid just outside of the reach of catcher Dave Garcia to score the game-winning run.
The Minutemen will take the field tomorrow at 2:30 as they continue their Spring Break trip here at the IMG Baseball Academy when they face Wright State.
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