Minutemen Down Duquesne 8-2
March 23, 2003
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Senior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) had a double, a home run and three runs batted in, to lead the University of Massachusetts baseball team to an 8-2 victory over Duquesne in Atlantic 10 Conference action. With the win, the Minutemen salvage the final contest of a three-game set, improving to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Dukes fall to 9-10 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic 10.
UMass jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by senior designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.), then added three more runs in the top of the third on another RBI single from Morgan and a two-run homer by Altieri. The Minutemen made it 5-0 in the top of fourth, on an RBI single by senior catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.).
After Duquesne scored single runs in the fourth and seventh to make the score 5-2, UMass added three more runs in the top of the ninth to conclude the scoring. Morgan and Altieri both had RBI doubles in the inning, with the other run scoring on an error.
Junior righthander Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) picked up his first win of the season, allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out eight in six-plus innings of work. Sophomore lefthander Scott Ratliff (Helendale, Calif.) earned his second save of the year, throwing three shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Ellerbrook finished the day three for four with an RBI and two runs scored, while Morgan was three for three with two walks and three RBI.
UMass returns to action on Tuesday, March 25, when it plays at Connecticut at 3:00 p.m.
Massachusetts 8, Duquesne 2 R H E Massachusetts (3-7, 1-2 A-10) 103 100 003 - 8 9 4 Duquesne (9-10, 2-1 A-10) 000 100 100 - 2 6 1 UM: Eric Chown, Scott Ratliff (7) and Tom Ellerbrook. DU: Adam Haun, Jesse Cramer (8) and Mike Grecco. 2B: Chris Morgan (UM), Jeff Altieri (UM), Tom Ellerbrook (UM). HR: Jeff Altieri (UM, 2). Win: Eric Chown (1-2). Loss: Adam Haun (0-3). Save: Scott Ratliff (2).