Baseball Falls To Vermont 4-3
March 18, 2002
BRADENTON, Fla. - University of Vermont reliever Andy Kumming threw three innings of hitless relief to lead the Catamounts to a 4-3 win over the University of Massachusetts baseball team here at the IMG Baseball Academy on Monday afternoon. With the loss, their second in as many days, the Minutemen fall to 5-4. Vermont improves to 2-5 on the year.
After playing three and a half innings with the score tied at 3-3, Barry Chamberland put UVM on top for good with his second hit of the game, a base knock through the right side that scored Jeff Barry from third. Barry had reached on an infield hit before stealing second and moving to third on a failed pickoff attempt by reliever Brian Hourigan (Beacon Falls, Mass.). Hourigan picked up the loss on the afternoon, moving his record to 0-1 on the season.
After Vermont scratched out a run in the top of the second, the Minutemen put three runs on the board to take the early lead. After back-to-back one-out walks to Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) and Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.), Kulak raced home after an errant throw by UVM catcher Garin Clough. Clark scored on a flyball off the bat of Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.) that was misplayed by rightfielder Nick Roberts. Ellerbrook would score UMass' final run as Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) doubled down the left field line.
UVM answered the UMass rally with two runs in the bottom of the fourth off Minuteman starter Brandon White (Foster, R.I.), then turned the game over to lefty Derek Miller and Kumming, who combined for 13 strikeouts against UMass batters.
The Minutemen will travel to Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday to face Florida at 5:00 p.m. before returning to Bradenton to continue their play in the IMG Baseball Academy College Competition against Illinois on Wednesday. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Line Score Vermont 4, UMass 3