Torra Strong As Baseball Falls To Illinois State, 2-1
March 18, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts (3-8) received a strong outing from junior Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.), but it was Illinois State (7-9) who came away with a 2-1 win this morning at Academy Park.
Torra (1-1) threw 6.0 innings, allowed one earned run, and struck out eight batters while walking one. Illinois State's Dan Frega picked up the win, going the distance and giving up just two hits.
The Red Birds notched both of their runs in the bottom of the third. Blake Schoonover and Kris Jenkins both knocked singles to put runners on first and second. Matt Bolt then reached on an infield single, and an Anthony Santos (Clemsford, Mass.) error allowed the runners to advance a base, scoring Schoonover. Ryan Anetsberger then lined out to right field to plate the winning run.
The Minutemen tried to climb back in the top of the sixth when sophomore Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) drew a leadoff walk. Rankin reached third courtesy of a wild pitch and a groundout, and later scored on an error by the second baseman.
UMass' biggest threat came in the first inning, when they left the bases loaded. Junior Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) led off the game with a single to right field, and Rankin followed suit with a base hit to center. Sophomore Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) popped out on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt, but a double steal allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) struck out swinging to record the second out, and then freshman Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) walked to load the bases. However, freshman Andy Teutken (Smithfield, R.I.) flew out to end the inning.
The Minutemen were unable to get a hit after the first inning, and dropped their record in Florida to 2-3.
UMass will play its final game on their southern trip tomorrow, when they face Army at 8:30 PM.