Baseball Thumps Richmond, 24-9, In Series Finale
March 22, 2009
RICHMOND, Va. - The UMass baseball team raced out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back, posting a 24-9 victory over Richmond at Pitt Field on Sunday afternoon. The Minutemen (5-9, 1-2 A-10) pounded out 24 hits against the Spiders (11-5, 2-1 A-10), two shy of the program's single game mark, including a school-record eight doubles.
Eleven different players tallied hits for UMass, led by junior Mike Donato's career-best 5-for-7 performance as he contributed four RBI and scored two. Senior Sam Boone went 4-for-6 with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored, junior Brian Baudinet hit 3-for-6 with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored and sophomore Peter Copa batted 3-for-7, just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, with three RBI and three runs scored.
Seniors Adam Tempesta and Jim Macdonald both had multiple hit outings as well. Tempesta knocked a pair of doubles (2-for-5), drove in two and scored two. Macdonald, who extended his current hitting streak to six straight games, was 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Boone, the first batter of the game, got the offense started with a double to right center. He moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly by Tempesta, giving the Minutemen a 1-0 advantage. Copa led off the second inning with a solo homer for the team's second run and UMass proceeded to brake the game open with five runs on three hits in the third, followed by another pair in the top of the fourth to build a 9-0 edge.
After the Minutemen went down in order in the fifth, Richmond threatened to make a comeback, closing the gap to 9-3 in the bottom of the frame with RBI singles by Cameron Brown and Mike Mergenthaler.
However, UMass quickly dashed any hope for a rally with its biggest inning of the day in the sixth. The Minutemen efficiently plated nine runs on nine hits, all coming with two outs, and sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning.
The Spiders scored in each of their next three turns at-bat with two in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the eighth, but gained no ground. UMass posted a four-run seventh and completed the scoring with a two-run homer by sophomore Matt Gedman in the ninth, the first of his career.
Senior Mike DiCato held Richmond scoreless through four and picked up the win (2-2) on the mound. He pitched six innings and allowed five runs on nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Ian Marshall started for the Spiders and took the loss (1-2), lasting just 2.2 innings and giving up seven runs, three earned, on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 25, when the squad will play at Hartford in a 3 p.m. contest.
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