Manhattan Out-Duels UMass Baseball, 2-1
March 16, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The UMass baseball team held Manhattan to just three hits, but a walk-off RBI single by Yoandry Galan in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Jaspers past the Minutemen, 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Seton Hall's Owen T. Carroll Field. Following the setback, UMass falls to 1-7 on the season, while Manhattan improves to 5-8.
After putting runners in scoring position in each of the first seven innings, including three who reached third, the Minutemen broke up the scoreless deadlock in the top of the eighth. Junior Nik Campero and redshirt-sophomore Adam Picard began the frame with back-to-back doubles to the right field corner to give UMass a 1-0 lead. Freshmen Vinny Scifo and Brandon Walsh followed with a walk and a single, respectively, to load the bases with no outs. However, Jaspers' hurler Chris Liquori induced a fielder's choice ground ball and a double play to escape the jam.
Later in the bottom of the ninth, a walk, a hit batter and an intentional pass loaded the bases for Galan. After pinch runner Joe Rock scored on a wild pitch with Galan at the plate, Galan dropped a single into right that brought in Joe McClennan for the winning run.
Other than working his way out of a two-out bases loaded situation in the bottom of the third, junior DJ Jauss limited the opportunities for Manhattan in his start, throwing eight shutout innings and letting up just two hits. He walked five and struck out four on the day. Sophomore Dan Stoops took the loss (0-1) on the mound for the Minutemen as he was responsible for both runs and did not retire a batter.
Liquori collected the win (1-0) for the Jaspers, limiting UMass to one hit withouth allowing a run in two innings of work, walking one.
Seven Minutemen combined for nine hits on the afternoon, led by Campero's 2-for-3 day with a double and a run scored and junior Rob McLam's 2-for-5 showing.
UMass will close out the Strike Out Cancer Tournament tomorrow afternoon, Mar. 17, with a pair of games against Manhattan and Seton Hall, beginning at 12:00 p.m.