Minutemen Split Pair Against George Washington
March 29, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team split a double header with Atlantic 10 foe George Washington here at Earl Lorden Field on Friday afternoon. The Minutemen claimed the first game 5-4 before falling in the second 13-6. With the split, UMass moves its record to 7-11 overall, 1-4 in A-10 play. The Colonials are now 13-12, 3-2 in conference play.
In the first game of the day, senior righthander Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) went the distance for the Minutemen, tying a career-high with 10 strikeouts. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in the seven-inning contest.
After George Washington scored the first run of the afternoon to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, UMass quickly jumped on GW starter Greg Conden. Sophomore shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) evened the score with a leadoff homer, his second home run of the season. Later in the frame, junior catcher Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) singled up the middle to drive in a pair of Minutemen and give UMass a 3-1 advantage.
In the third, UMass scored again as second baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) singled home center fielder Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) to make the score 4-1. After George Washington picked up a run in the top of the fifth, the Minutemen tallied another run on Kulak's bunt single on a squeeze play that scored junior Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.).
George Washington would score a run in each of the last two innings, including a towering blast off the bat of Matt Krimmel in the top of the seventh, but Santos pitched through the threat, picking up his third win of the season.
In the second game of the twinbill, UMass scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. After a leadoff single from freshman Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.), GW starter David Rodriguez overthrew his first baseman on a Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) sacrifice bunt. Durepo raced around to score while Athas ended up on third after the play. Athas would score later in the inning on another error to make the score 2-0.
George Washington would explode in the third, scoring five times on three home runs off Minuteman starter Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.). The Minutemen would respond with a run in the bottom of the frame as senior captain Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) blasted his second home run of the season over the centerfield fence.
The Colonials would add a single run in the top of the fourth, then broke the 6-4 game wide open with five scores in the sixth, scoring all their runs a solo homer by Matt Krimmel and a grand slam by Joe Michalski.
The Minutemen and Colonials will meet in the final game of the three-game set on Saturday. Game time is set for 12:00 noon.
LINE SCORE Game 1 UMass 5, George Washington 4