UMass Baseball Falls To Manhattan, Seton Hall
March 17, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Adam Picard and Dylan Begin hit the squad's first home runs of the year, but the UMass baseball team dropped both of its games on the final day of the Strike Out Cancer Tournament, falling to Manhattan 7-1 and Seton Hall, 11-5 on Sunday afternoon at Owen T. Carroll Field. Following the setbacks, the Minutemen sit at 1-9 on the season.
UMass began its contest against Seton Hall with four runs in the top of the first. Redshirt junior Ryan Cusick and senior Rich Graef reached base on a passed ball and a fielder's choice, respectively, while junior Nik Campero followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Cusick. Following a walk to Picard and a wild pitch that scored Graef, Begin homered to left for the team's third and fourth of the frame.
However, the Pirates answered with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Zack Granite led off with an infield single and Chris Selden drew a walk. Then with one away, Giusseppe Papaccio drove in the pair with a single up the middle. Alex Falconi later crossed the plate on an error for the tying run after reaching with a single to left.
Seton Hall pulled in front, 5-4 in the fourth as Ryan Sullivan drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a single to right by Granite. The Pirates increased their advantage to 7-4 in the fifth with a triple and a home run from Papaccio and Sal Annunziata, respectively.
In the bottom of the seventh, Seton Hall added four more runs on four hits before the Minutemen capped off the scoring in the ninth when Graef singled up the middle, stole second and scored on an RBI single to right center by Campero.
Sophomore Andrew Grant took the loss (0-2), allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in five innings on the mound for UMass, while walking three and striking out four. Sam Burum collected the win (2-0) for the Pirates as he threw five innings and surrendered four unearned runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
In the opener against Manhattan, the Jaspers broke up a scoreless deadlock with five runs on six hits in the top of the sixth and tacked on one each in the eighth and ninth as leadoff singles led to runs in both frames.
Picard spoiled the shutout with UMass' only run of the contest, a solo home run with one away in the bottom of the ninth. He went 3-for-7 over both games with a pair of walks and recorded a double in addition to the homer, en route to Strike Out Cancer All-Tournament Team honors. Picard pitched one scoreless inning of relief against Seton Hall, as well.
Senior Jordan Pace took the loss (1-1) against the Jaspers. He allowed six runs on 11 hits and struck out four. Manhattan starter Scott McClennan earned the victory (2-3) with seven shutout innings, four hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Campero hit 3-for-7 over the pair of games with two RBI and Begin batted 3-for-9 with a double, a home run, two RBI and a run scored.
UMass will be back in action on Wednesday, March 20, when the squad will host Hartford for the 2013 home opener at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.