Fordham Nips Baseball 5-4 In 10 Innings
March 24, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - The UMass baseball team strung together another late inning rally, but it was Fordham who prevailed in extra innings with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to take game two of the weekend series, 5-4. The Minutemen are now 3-7 (1-1 A-10) following the setback, while the Rams improve to 8-15 (1-1 A-10).
UMass scored the first run of the game in its first trip to the plate. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick led off the game with a hard single to center, stole second and later came in from third on an RBI single up the middle off the bat of Tom Conley.
Fordham promptly took the run back in the bottom half of the frame as Matthew Cianci was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Maghini.
The Minutemen pulled back in front, scoring once again in the top of the second. Sophomore Nick Sanford reached on an error with two outs and advanced to second on a balk before junior Rich Graef plated him with a single up the middle.
However, Fordham climbed on top in the bottom of the third, scoring three, including two unearned. Ryan Lee drove in a pair with a single to right before coming home for the Rams' fourth run of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly by Tim Swatek.
Then for the second day in a row, UMass put together a late rally to tie the score at 4-4. Sanford and Cusick started off the seventh with an infield single and a double to left, respectively, setting up an RBI ground out by sophomore Rob McLam. The next batter, junior Anthony Serino, drove in Cusick with a single to center.
The Minutemen had runners in scoring position the next three innings, including Cusick on third with less than two outs in the ninth, but were unable to push across the go-ahead run.
In Fordham's half of the 10th, Cianci reached with a one-out single up the middle, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and was called safe on a play at the plate, scoring from second on a single to right by Maghini for the game-winning run.
Senior Leif Sorenson worked 2.2 innings out of the bullpen and took the loss (0-1) for UMass. He allowed one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout. Senior Glen Misho tossed 7.0 innings in his start and scattered three hits, while allowing four runs, two earned, walking two and striking out five.
John Porter collected the win (1-2) for the Rams after working three shutout innings and surrendering two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Cusick paced the offense for the Minutemen, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Conley went 2-for-4 and Graef hit 2-for-5, each with an RBI. Lee (2-for-3) and Maghini (2-for-4) combined for four of Fordham's six hits and each drove in two.
UMass will conclude its weekend series against the Rams with the rubber game of the three-game set tomorrow, Mar. 25, at noon.
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