Baseball Edged By Bucknell In Florida, 4-2
March 16, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts (3-7) was edged by Bucknell University (1-9) this afternoon, 4-2, despite a 3-for-5 performance at the plate from junior Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.).
The Bison picked up their first win of the season thanks in part to a strong performance on the mound from Marc Cussatt. Cussatt threw 5.0 innings, allowing five hits and one earned run to pick up the win.
Bucknell struck first in the top of the fourth to give the Bison a 1-0 advantage. After freshman Jason Lavorgna (North Haven, Conn.) retired the first two batters, Kyle Walter was hit by a pitch and stole second base. An Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) error allowed Chris Pieper to reach first and moved Walter to third. Pieper was then picked off of first base, but got caught in a rundown to allow Walter to score.
The Bison added on to their lead in the next frame when Evan Weiss reached third on a double and a wild pitch. Ed Rubbo singled in Weiss on the next play.
The Minutemen fought back in the bottom of the fifth to deadlock the game at 2-2. After Santos reached on an error and sophomore Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) walked, freshman Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.) sacrificed the two runners to second and third. Durepo singled in Santos and then sophomore Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) flew out to center field to plate Munsey.
The Bison took the lead for good in the top of the sixth, tacking on a run for the third straight inning when Walter and Pieper smashed consecutive doubles. In the ninth, Bucknell added an insurance run when Rubbo crossed the plate on a wild pitch. He led off the inning with a double to left field.
UMass is back in action on Thursday when it faces Dartmouth at 3:30 PM at Academy Park in Bradenton, Fla.