Baseball Bounces Back with 7-4 Win Over Hartford
March 27, 2002
HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior Brian Hourigan (Beacon Falls, Conn.) threw his second-career complete game, and the University of Massachusetts baseball team pounded out 11 hits to defeat the University of Hartford 7-4 here at Ray McKenna Field on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, UMass stops an eight-game losing streak and moves its record to 6-10, while Hartford falls to 7-4 with the loss.
A one-run game most of the afternoon, senior captain Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) hit a two-run home run to dead center to break the contest open and put the Minutemen ahead 6-3. Each team scored a run in the ninth to make the final 7-4.
Hourigan, who had not allowed an earned run in 15.1 innings this season, threw his first complete game since April 30, 2000, allowing 4 runs on 12 hits, walking 2 and striking out a career-high 10.
The Hawks jumped on the board in the bottom of the first, as a bases-loaded Ryan Waldron walk forced in Matt Denorfia from third. Hartford loaded the bases on a basehit by Ron Acabbo sandwiched by a pair of infield hits that rolled to a stop in the soggy infield.
The Minutemen responded quickly, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second to take the lead. Junior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) reached on an error to lead off the frame, and raced home from first on an Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) double to right center. Senez, a senior third baseman, then stole third, and he scored on a Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) RBI-groundout.
Hartford loaded the bases in the third, this time with nobody out, but Hourigan worked out of the jam by striking out a pair and getting Cory Parker to fly out to left.
UMass tacked on another run in the top of the sixth, as designated hitter Tim Klett (Chicopee, Mass.) led off with a double off the center field fence, and Altieri drove him in with a two-bagger to left-center.
The Hawks closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, as Waldron singled, stole second and raced home on a Josh Topp single to left. But the Minutemen would answer the Hartford challenge again, adding a run in the top of the seventh on an Athas double and an RBI-groundout by senior Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.).
Hartford narrowed the margin in the bottom of the seventh, when a Miguel Marichal fly ball was misplayed by Clark in right field and Denorgia scored from first to make the score 4-3.
LINE SCORE UMASS 7, Hartford 4