UMass Baseball Shut Out By Hartford, 3-0
March 19, 2014
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The UMass baseball team out-hit Hartford, 6-5, but the Hawks managed to scratch out three runs in the bottom of the fifth to defeat the Minutemen, 3-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Fiondella Field. Following the setback, UMass sits at 1-12 on the year, while Hartford moves to 6-7.
The Hawks scored the only three runs of the day on just one hit in the bottom of the fifth. Aaron Wilson and Dalton Ruch reached to begin the frame with a hit by pitch and a walk, respectively. After both runners advanced on a double steal, Wilson scored on a wild pitch that allowed Ruch to go to third and leadoff hitter Trey Stover to reach on a swinging strikeout. Chris DelDebbio then brought in Ruch with a ground ball to first and Brady Sheetz plated Stover with an RBI single to left.
The Minutemen, who had a pair of singles in the second and two more in the sixth, did not advance a runner past second base on the day. In addition, the squad had a double in the seventh by freshman Mike Geannelis and a single up the middle by junior Kyle Adie in the eighth. Geannelis and Adie combined for four hits on the afternoon, going 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively.
Andrew Grant started on the mound for UMass and took the loss (0-1) as he let up three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6.0 innings on the hill. Hartford starter Brian Murphy earned the win (1-0) as he tossed 5.1 shutout innings and scattered three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Alex Gouin worked a hitless ninth and collected the save (2), striking out one and walking one.
The Minutemen return to action this Friday, when the team will open up Atlantic 10 play on the road at La Salle, in a series originally scheduled to be played in Amherst, at 3 p.m.