Minuteman Mistakes Lead to Fourth Straight Defeat
March 20, 2002
BRADENTON, Fla. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team committed a season-high six errors, leading directly to five unearned runs, in a 6-5, 10-inning loss to Illinois here on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss, UMass' fourth straight, the Minutemen fall to 5-6, while the Fighting Illini improve to 9-1.
Illinois took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on three UMass errors. Leadoff hitter Drew Davidson, who finished the game 3-for-5, singled to right field to begin the rally, and he advanced to third on an Andy Schutzenhofer single. Davidson raced home when Scheutzenhofer stole second, and junior catcher Chris Morgan's (Cranston, R.I.) got past sophomore shortstop Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.). After another error by Maumus, two runs raced home when leftfielder Tim Klett (Chicopee, Mass.) misplayed a fly ball off the bat of Luke Simmons. In the inning, Illinois scored three unearned runs on two hits and three Minuteman errors.
Massachusetts would answer in the bottom of the third, as they sent nine batters to the plate, scoring four runs. Junior third baseman John Seed (New Bedford, Mass.) led off with a single, and freshman right fielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) walked to get things started for the Minutemen. Freshman Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) then doubled home Seed to make the score 3-1. After an Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) RBI groundout and a Maumus groundout, Klett walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. With runners at second and third, Morgan delivered a two-RBI single to put the Minutemen ahead 4-3.
Freshman lefthander Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) cruised through the middle innings, and the score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the sixth, when Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) doubled and scored on a Twomley RBI single.
In the top of the eighth, Illinois again benefited from a UMass mistake, capitalizing on another Klett error to tie the game at 5-5. The score remained tied at five until the top of the 10th, when Arlis led off with a single and stole second. He raced to the plate on a Brandon Cashman single, and the Illini held on for the win.
The Minutemen continue their play in the IMG Baseball Academy College Competition against Dartmouth on Thursday. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Line Score Illinois 6, UMass 5 (10 innings)