Minutemen Hold Off Bucknell In 6-4 Win
March 18, 2011
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The UMass baseball team rode another strong performance by reigning Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week Glen Misho to a 6-4 win over Bucknell on Friday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park. After shutting out Bucknell through seven, the Minutemen (2-8) were able to hold off a late inning charge by the Bison (8-9), who scored four times in the bottom of the eighth.
UMass scored its first run of the day without registering a hit in the top of the second. Following back-to-back walks to seniors Peter Copa and Kyle Multner, junior Tom Conley moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Junior Alex Fischer then lofted a fly ball to right to bring in Copa.
The Minutemen pushed their advantage to 3-0 in the fourth. Multner roped a leadoff triple to center and scored on an error on the same play. Conley singled down the left field line and later crossed the plate on sacrifice bunt by freshman Josh Messier.
In the top of the eighth, UMass scored its final three runs, which all came with two out. After Fischer hustled down the line to beat the throw on a wild pitch strike three, freshman Nik Campero came to the plate as a pinch hitter. Campero drove a two-run single to right center, plating Copa and Multner, who both reached with one-out base knocks earlier in the frame. Freshman Kyle Adie, the pinch runner for Campero, then stole second, drawing a throw from catcher Scott Reed that sailed into the outfield and allowed Fischer to scamper home.
Bucknell attempted to rally in its next turn at bat. Back-to-back walks on full counts to Matt Lamore and Bob Donato, followed by a single to center by Gerry Runyan set up a two-run double off the bat of Doug Shribman down the left field line. Scott Reed had a single down the left field line that brought in Runyan and David Duffett picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice that scored Shribman. The Bison had the tying runs in scoring position, but junior Leif Sorenson induced two ground balls to escape the inning without any further damage.
Corey Furman began the Bucknell ninth with an infield hit and, after Donato went down swinging, Runyan singled up the middle to bring the potential winning run to the plate in Shribman. Sorenson then shut the door by fanning Shribman and striking out Justin Meier looking on three pitches to collect his first save of the season.
Misho earned his second victory (2-1) of the Florida trip as he threw seven innings and allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Bison starter Gabe Noyalis lasted just three innings on the hill and took the loss (1-1). He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Four Minutemen recorded multi-hit games with Multner going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, senior Eric Fredette and Conley both were 2-for-4 and sophomore Rich Graef batted 2-for-5. Copa scored twice and Campero drove in a pair, as well.
For Bucknell, Runyan had three of the squad's eight hits, going 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Shribman recorded two RBI.
UMass next faces Northwestern tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 19, at 1:30 p.m. on Henley Field.