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Timely Hitting Helps Minutemen To 8-1 Win At Saint Joseph's

Senior Mike Donato drove in a pair of runs in UMass' win over Saint Joseph's on Sunday.

Senior Mike Donato drove in a pair of runs in UMass' win over Saint Joseph's on Sunday.

March 28, 2010

Box Score

CAMDEN, N.J. - Behind timely hitting and a complete game from senior left-hander Mike Gedman, the UMass baseball team rolled to a 8-1 win over Saint Joseph's in Atlantic 10 action at Campbell's Field on Sunday afternoon. The victory moves the Minutemen to 2-11 overall and 1-2 in the conference, while the Hawks fall to 6-11 on the year and 2-1 in conference play.

Junior Matt Gedman drew a two-out walk in the top of the first as UMass proceeded to jump all over Saint Joseph's starter A.J. Holland with the next three Minutemen talliying hits off the right-hander. Senior Mike Donato sent a single through the left side, while senior Brian Baudinet looped a double over the head of first baseman Brian Hartsell that brought in Matt Gedman for the first run of the game. Junior Peter Copa followed with a two-run single up the middle that plated Donato and Baudinet to give the squad a 3-0 lead.

UMass added another pair in its next turn at bat to increase the advantage to 5-0. Junior Cameron McMullen legged out an infield single to lead off the frame and, with one out, freshman Ryan Cusick dropped a single into shallow center. After a well-earned walk by Matt Gedman extended the inning, Donato sent a single into left that sent home McMullen and Cusick.

Mike Gedman retired the first 11 straight Hawks he faced before Dewey Oriente and David Valesente managed the first two hits of the afternoon for Saint Joseph's, back-to-back singles with two out in the bottom of the fourth.

 

 

Oriente and Valesente later combined to produce the lone run of the game for the Hawks with two down in the sixth. Oriente poked a single through the left side and Valesente drove him in with a double to the right field corner.

The Minutemen promptly pushed their advantage back out to five in the next inning. Copa reached on an error, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Tom Conley, moved to third after tagging up on a fly ball to deep center and crossed the plate on a single to right by junior Kyle Multner.

UMass tacked on two more runs in the ninth. Following a one-out walk to Copa and a single to right by Conley, McMullen knocked in the pair by drilling a double to the deepest part of the ballpark.

Going the distance for the second time this season, Mike Gedman logged the win (1-1) on the mound for the Minutemen. He surrendered just one run on five hits with no walks and racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts. Holland, who lasted just 1.2 innings in his start for Saint Joseph's, took the loss (0-2) after surrendering five runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

McMullen paced the UMass hitters as he finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Copa and Conley both went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Copa contributed two RBI and scored twice. Donato and Baudinet each batted 2-for-5 with a run scored. Donato knocked in two runs and Baudinet registered one RBI.

Oriente and Valesente both posted 2-for-4 performances at the plate, combining for four of the Hawks' five hits.

The Minutemen are next slated to play Holy Cross on Tuesday, March 30, at 3 p.m., on Earl Lorden Field.

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