UMass Baseball Drops Doubleheader To Army
March 15, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The UMass baseball team dropped both of its games in a doubleheader with Army at Jesuit High School on Saturday afternoon, falling in game one, 4-3, in 10 innings before suffering a 9-4 setback in game two. Following the day's action, the Minutemen sit at 1-10 on the season, while the Black Knights improve to 9-5.
After four scoreless innings that featured just one hit between the two squads, Army took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth in game one. Daniel Cortes led off the frame with a single up the middle, was sacrificed over to second and scored on an RBI single by Grant Van Orden.
UMass then responded by tying the score at 1-1 in its next trip to the plate. Sophomore Vinny Scifo legged out an infield single for the squad's first hit of the afternoon, stole second, and redshirt junior Kyle Adie drove him in with a single up the middle.
The Minutemen followed up with another run in the top of the seventh to take a 2-1 lead. Redshirt junior Adam Picard started things off by roping a double into the gap in right center and moved to third on a single to center by senior Dylan Begin, which set up an RBI opportunity for sophomore Brandon Walsh. Walsh brought home Picard with an infield single.
However in bottom of the eighth, the Black Knights regained their advantage. Back-to-back singles by Jon Cucitti and Harold Earls opened up the frame and later scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch and an RBI single to center off the bat of Patrick Mescher that gave Army a 3-2 advantage.
Walsh tied the score for UMass with a one-out, RBI single up the middle in the top of the ninth that sent in pinch runner sophomore Dan Jonah to force extra innings.
Army would capitalize on a pair of Minutemen fielding miscues in the bottom of the 10th, though, to bring in the winning run without a hit in the inning.
Walsh worked 2.1 innings of relief for UMass and took the loss (0-2) after allowing one unearned run on one hit with two walks and four strikeouts. Johnny Griffith pitched 1.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Black Knights and picked up the win (3-0). He let up two hits and struck out one in his outing.
In game two, Earls gave Army an early 1-0 lead after reaching with a one-out single through the right side in the bottom of the first, stealing two bases and scoring on a single through the left side by Jacob Page.
The Minutemen pulled in front, 2-1, in the top of the fourth. Freshman Mike Geannelis ripped a double down the left field line and later scored on a single through the left side by senior Nik Campero. Picard's double down the left field line then scored Campero from first for the go-ahead run.
However, Army answered with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, 5-2. Four consecutive singles to start the trip to the plate for the Black Knights, a sacrifice fly by Mescher and a two-run double by Crucitti gave the squad the three-run cushion.
A two-run single by sophomore John Jennnings in the top of the sixth closed the gap to 5-4, but Army managed to pull away with four in the bottom of the seventh.
Freshman Ryan Moloney started on the mound for UMass and took the loss (0-4) as he allowed five runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Alex Robinett worked 5.1 innings in his start for the Black Knights and collected the win (1-2). He allowed four runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Julian Larimer pitched the final 3.2 innings scoreless, letting up just one hit and striking out five to notch his first save of the season.
Catchers Walsh and Jennings combined for four of UMass' seven RBI on the day over the doubleheader, head with a pair driven in. Walsh went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Picard hit 3-for-8 with a pair of doubles.
Page paced Army at the dish on the afternoon, hitting 4-for-7 over two games with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Mescher contributed a team-high three RBI on the day.
The teams will conclude their weekend series, tomorrow, March 16, at 3:45 p.m.