Baseball Drops A Pair At No. 25 Richmond
March 23, 2002
RICHMOND, Va. - In the opening weekend of Atlantic 10 play, the University of Massachusetts baseball team dropped a pair of games to Richmond here on Saturday. The Minutemen fell 10-0 in the first game before dropping an 11-7 decision in the second contest. With the losses, UMass falls to 5-9 on the season and 0-2 in A-10 play. Richmond, ranked 25th nationally, improves to 18-2, 2-0 with the wins.
In the first game of the day, Richmond blasted three homeruns, including two by Matt Craig, en route to a 10-0 victory. The Minutemen managed just two hits off starter Tim Stauffer, who improved his record to 7-0.
UMass starter Scott Ratliff (Helendale, Calif.) picked up his second loss of the week, allowing five runs on six hits off starter Tim Stauffer, who improved his record to 7-0.
In the second game, the Minuteman bats awoke as UMass pounded out 10 hits, including a Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) double and Mike Kulak's (Bristol, Conn.) second homerun of the season. Richmond, however, managed 11 runs on nine hits, including an Adam Tidball grand slam to better the Minutemen by four.
UMass took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, as Kulak blasted a two-run shot off Richmond starter Jason Bolinski. The Spiders answered with single runs in the first and the second, and evened the contest in the fourth as Tidball hit a two-run homerun off starter Brandon White (Foster, R.I.).
In the fifth, Richmond scored a pair of runs off reliever Julio Ramos (Lawrence, Mass.) to take the lead. UMass answered with a run in the top of the sixth, but the Spiders expanded their lead in the bottom of the sixth. Reliever Neil Scheller (Westfield, Mass.) ran into trouble with the top of the Spider lineup. After allowing David Reaver to reach third with one out, he intentionally walked Craig and Chiaravalloti to load the bases. Scheller was then replaced by sophomore Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.), who was promptly touched for a wind-aided, opposite field grand slam by Tidball.
The Minutemen and the Spiders will close out their three-game series on Sunday, when the two teams meet at 1:00 p.m.
Line Score Game 1 Richmond 10, UMass 0