UMass Baseball Drops Series Finale At La Salle, 3-0
March 23, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - UMass baseball fell in its final game of its first Atlantic 10 series of the season at La Salle on Sunday by a 3-0 score at Hank DeVincent Field. The loss leaves the Minutemen at 3-13, 2-1 in the A-10, while the Explorers move to 4-18 overall and 1-2 in conference action.
La Salle scored its first run of the day in the top of the first. Kevin Baron sent a leadoff single into right and later scored on a fielder's choice ground ball off the bat of Mark Williams.
The Explorers later added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Josh Savakinus opened the inning with a single up the middle, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error. Joe Monzo, who pinch ran for Joey Ravert after he reached on an error, came in on an RBI single down the left field line by George Smith Jr.
UMass was limited to three hits on the day with the first coming in the fifth inning, a two-out single up the middle by senior Nick Sanford.
The Minutemen later threatened with back-to-back singles by redshirt junior Kyle Adie and junior Paul Yanakopulos to begin the bottom of the eighth, but La Salle reliever Adam Cherry entered from the bullpen and retired the next three batters he faced to quell the rally. Cherry pitched two hitless innings, walked one an struck out two to collect the save (3).
Senior Aaron Plunkett started for UMass and took the loss (0-3). He allowed three runs, one earned, on eight hits, walked four and struck out three over 7.1 innings on the mound. Shawn O'Neill earned the win for the Explorers after working six innings and letting up one hit with four walks and eight strikeouts.
The Minutemen will return to action on Tuesday, March 25, as the team is set to host Holy Cross at 3 p.m.