Popielarczyk, Sorenson Blank Old Dominion, 8-0
March 19, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - Seniors Joe Popielarczyk and Leif Sorenson held Old Dominion to just four hits and combined to strike out nine, leading the UMass baseball team to an 8-0 shutout victory on Monday afternoon at Bud Metheny Complex. With the win, the Minutemen are now 2-5 on the season, while the Monarchs fall to 8-11.
Popielarczyk tossed 5.1 scoreless innings in his start and allowed just two hits to log his first win (1-0) of the season, walking five and striking out four. Sorenson entered with two on and one out in the sixth and proceeded to fan the first five batters he faced, a new career high, en route to his second save of the season. He surrendered just two hits and threw 3.2 innings without walking a batter. The four hits allowed in the contest were the fewest by a UMass opponent since May 16, 2010 at Xavier.
The Minutemen put up runs in each of the first two innings. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick led off the game by reaching on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI ground out by junior Anthony Serino.
Then in the second, UMass capitalized on an error by once again manufacturing a run without a hit. Senior Tom Conley began the frame by reaching on an error, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on another error on the same play, before coming in on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Nick Sanford.
Then in the sixth, sophomore Dylan Begin drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a ground ball, to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
Four runs on four hits helped the Minutemen break the game open in the eighth. Singles by Conley, Adie and Sanford produced the team's fifth of the afternoon. Adie later scored on an error, while Sanford and junior Rich Graef both came home on balks.
Conley went 2-for-5 on the afternoon with two runs scored, while Adie batted 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored. Sophomore Rob McLam hit 2-for-4 and Sanford was 1-for-2, driving in two and scoring once.
Phil McCarthy took the loss (0-2) on the mound for Old Dominion. He allowed four runs, one earned, on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.
UMass will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, Mar. 21, playing at Monmouth at 3 p.m.