UMass Baseball Drops 8-5 Decision To Richmond
March 29, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - The UMass baseball team erased a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead, but Richmond scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to claim the third game of the weekend series, 8-5 on Saturday afternoon at Pitt Field. Following the setback, the Minutemen fall to 3-16 overall, 2-4 in the Atlantic 10, while the Spiders improve to 11-12 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Richmond began the contest with a 1-0 advantage after Tanner Stanley led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored on a one-out double to left center by Doug Kraeger.
The Spiders added two more in the fourth courtesy of a two-run homer by Eric Flanagan and scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth. Cory Moheit reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a ground ball and crossed the plate on a single to right by Tyler Beckwith.
UMass halved its deficit in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Vinny Scifo reached with a one-out single to left center and freshman Mike Geanellis followed with his first career home run, a two-run shot to right center.
The Minutemen then closed the gap to 4-3 in the seventh. Senior Nik Campero sent a leadoff single through the left side, was sacrificed over to second and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Brandon Walsh.
In the top of the eighth, UMass pushed across two runs with two away to take a 5-4 lead. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie began the frame with a double to left center and with two outs, senior Dylan Begin and Campero drove in runs with a double and a single to center.
However, Richmond regained the advantage with four runs in its next turn at bat. Kraeger began the frame by reaching on a three-base error and scored the tying run on a single through the right side by Matt Dacey. Dacey then came in for the go-ahead run on an RBI single by Kurtis Brown. The next two batters, Eric Flanagan and Mike Small, reached with an intentional walk and a fielder's choice, respectively, to set up a two-run double by Moheit.
Geannellis took the loss (0-2) in relief for the Minutemen as he allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and one strikeout in 2.2 innings on the mound. Ray Harron collected the win (2-0) for Richmond as he worked 1.2 innings out of the bullpen and allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Dan Martinson pitched a scoreless ninth for the Spiders and earned the save (2).
Seven Minutemen combined for the squad's nine hits in the contest, paced by Begin (2-for-3) and Campero (2-for-4) who each contributed an RBI and scored once, as well.
Brown led Richmond offensively with a 3-for-4 afternoon and one RBI, while Stanely went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
UMass will be back in action on Wednesday, April 2, when the squad will travel to Boston College for a 3 p.m. meeting with the Eagles.