UMass Baseball Falls Short Of Late Comeback In 7-4 Loss To Army
March 16, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The UMass baseball team brought the potential tying run to the plate after scoring three times in the top of the ninth, but fell short of a comeback in a 7-4 loss to Army at the New York Yankees' spring training complex on Sunday afternoon. Following the setback, the Minutemen sit at 1-11 on the year, while the Black Knights improve to 10-5.
UMass began the contest with a 1-0 lead in the first after redshirt junior Adam Picard sent a towering two-out, solo home run over the fence in left.
However, Army climbed on top in the second with four runs on three hits. A walk, a single and a hit batter loaded the bases for Harold Earls, who knocked a pitch back up the middle to drive in the tying run. Mark McCants then followed with a double to left that cleared the bases and put the Black Knights in front, 4-1.
Army later expanded its advantage to 7-1 with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth courtesy of RBI singles from Patrick Mescher, Ben Smith and Daniel Cortes.
The Minutemen threatened to make a comeback in the top of the ninth. Sophomore Brandon Walsh was hit by a pitch with one out and pinch hitter freshman Dylan Morris drove him in with a double to left center. Morris scored on a double down the left field line by another pinch hitter, sophomore John Jennings. Sophomore Dan Jonah, who pinch ran for Jennings, then scored UMass' fourth run on a single to left by redshirt junior Kyle Adie. Junior Paul Yanakopulos reached on an error that extended the inning and brought the potential tying run to the plate in the form of Picard. However, reliever Justin French induced a ground ball to end the threat.
Freshman Mike Geannelis started on the mound and took the loss (0-1) for the Minutemen, allowing four runs on five hits and walking two in three innings on the hill. Gunnar Carroll collected the victory (3-0) in his start for Army, going 6.2 innings and letting up one run on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Picard (2-for-5) and senior Nik Campero (2-for-4) contributed to UMass' total of 11 hits on the afternoon, while McCants led Army with a 3-for-5 effort, three RBI and a run scored.
UMass will be back in action on Wednesday, March 19, with a game at Hartford that is set for a 3 p.m. start.