UMass Bats Come Alive In 15-3 Romp Over Sacred Heart
March 25, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - After 10-straight games on the road to start the season, UMass (3-8) opened up Earl Lorden Field in style on Tuesday afternoon, romping Sacred Heart (1-17), 15-3. The game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third inning, but the Minutemen scored three runs that inning and added 12 more in innings four through six. Brian Baudinet (Watertown, Conn.) and Mike Donato (East Hartford, Conn.) each homered, with Baudinet driving in a game-high four runs. UMass' eighth and ninth batters, Kyle Multner (Peabody, Mass.) and Andy Tuetken (Smithfield, R.I.), combined to go 8-for-9 with seven runs scored. Freshman left-hander Nick Serino (Saugus, Mass.) (1-1) hurled five innings of five-hit, one-run ball to earn his first career win.
Matt Fitton (0-4) pitched four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits to take the loss for the Pioneers. Tyler Santos was 2-4 and homered, while JJ Edwards was 3-5 to lead Sacred Heart's offense.
UMass started the scoring in the third inning, using four hits and a walk to score three runs. Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) (2-3, 3 RBI) and Jim Macdonald (Cheshire, Conn.) (1-3, 2 RBI) each had RBI singles, while Baudinet delivered with a sacrifice fly.
The Minutemen put up another three-spot in the fourth inning, putting together a walk and a single with two outs that led to Baudinet's three-run blast, his second round-tripper of the season.
UMass' biggest inning followed in the fifth, when they sent 11 batters to the plate, collecting five runs on four hits and four walks to take a commanding 11-1 lead. Donato delivered a two-run homer, his first of the season, and Tuetken hit a run-scoring triple to highlight the inning.
With two-outs in the sixth, the Minutemen strung together three-straight singles and walk to score two runs. Tempesta followed that up by doubling to plate two more runs and extent the lead to 15-1.
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday, taking on Hartford in a 3 p.m. contest at Earl Lorden Field. The game was originally scheduled to take place at Hartford, but playing conditions at Campus Field led to the game being moved to Amherst.
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