Richmond Takes Pair From UMass Baseball In Doubleheader
March 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - The UMass baseball team fell in both of its games in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader at Richmond on Friday afternoon, dropping game one, 6-4, and suffering a 10-1 setback in game two. Following the day's action, the Minutemen sit at 3-15 overall, 2-3 in the A-10, while the Spiders improve to 10-12 and 3-2 in conference play.
In game one, Richmond took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Tanner Stanley led off the frame with a single up the middle, while Doug Kraeger drew a one-out walk. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, setting up a two-run single to left center by Matt Dacey.
UMass took one of the runs back in the top of the second. Senior Nik Campero reached on an error with one away and came around to score after back-to-back singles by redshirt junior Adam Picard and sophomore Brandon Walsh.
The Minutemen then tied the score at 2-2 in the fifth. Freshman Mike Geannelis dropped a one-out single into right center and came in on a double by Campero with two away.
However, Richmond promptly regained the advantage in the bottom half of the frame. Tyler Beckwith reached on an error and Dacey drove him home with a double to right center. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Dacey crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Cook for the Spiders' fourth run.
Richmond pushed the margin to 5-2 in the sixth. Mike Small drew a leadoff walk and moved to third after a pair of sacrifice bunts. Beckwith then brought in the run with a sacrifice fly.
UMass closed the gap to 5-4, scoring in both the seventh and eighth innings. After leading off the seventh with a single to right center, senior Dylan Begin was replaced by pinch runner Jon Avallone. Avallone then came around to score following a pair of two-out singles by Walsh and sophomore Vinny Scifo.
Senior Nick Sanford was hit by a pitch with one down in the eighth and sophomore John Jennings drove him home with a double to left center that brought the Minutemen to within one.
The Spiders took one of the runs back in the bottom of the eighth. Stanley reached with an infield single and Kraeger plated the run with a single up the middle.
Junior Conor LeBlanc started for the Minutemen and took the loss (1-3) as he allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Jonathan De Marte collected the win (2-4) for Richmond, letting up two runs, one earned, on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Cook picked up his fourth save of the season for the Spiders, working 1.2 innings scoreless and allowing two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Then in game two, Richmond jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Krager's two-run home run put the Spiders on the board in the bottom of the third, while the squad added three more on five hits in the fifth inning.
UMass scored its lone run of the contest in the top of the sixth. Sanford led off the frame with a double to left, moved to third on a single up the middle by redshirt junior Kyle Adie and scored on a sacrifice fly by Picard.
The Spiders continued to pull away, though, tacking on four runs in the sixth and their 10th and final run in the seventh.
Freshman Ryan Moloney suffered the loss (0-5) on the mound for the Minutemen. He surrendered five runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Zak Sterling picked up the win (3-1) for Richmond after tossing 7.1 innings and limiting UMass to one run on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Walsh went 4-for-8 at the plate for UMass over the pair of games with an RBI, while Scifo was 3-for-8 with an RBI and Begin went 3-for-9 with an RBI and a run scored.
For the Spiders, Dacey paced the offense with seven RBI in the doubleheader, hitting 5-for-9 with two doubles and a home run. Stanley batted 6-for-9 with two doubles, one triple, an RBI and five runs scored.
The teams will close out the weekend series tomorrow, March 29, with game three set for 1 p.m.