Baseball Falls to George Washington, 13-9
March 30, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball dropped a 13-9 decision to Atlantic 10 foe George Washington here at Earl Lorden Field on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, UMass falls to 7-12 on the season, 1-5 in A-10 play. The Colonials improved to 14-12, 4-2 with the win.
With UMass leading 6-4 in the seventh inning, George Washington scored eight times on five hits and four walks off three Minuteman pitchers. The Colonials loaded the bases against UMass starter Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.), then put together back-to-back doubles off reliever Matt Boulanger (Westfield, Mass.). Boulanger walked the next two batters he faced, and reliever Brian Hourigan (Beacon Falls, Conn.) walked the first batter he faced. Hourigan got out of the jam by forcing Joe Michalski, who led off the inning, to ground into a double play. He then struck out Travis Crowder to end the frame.
The Minutemen had chances to get back into the game as they scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth, but George Washington reliever Justin Orenduff forced UMass hitters to strand five runners, including four in scoring position in those two innings.
Junior catcher Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) put the Minutemen ahead early with a towering, opposite-field homerun in the bottom of the first inning. The solo blast was Morgan's second of the season, and it put UMass ahead 1-0.
After George Washington tied the game with a run in the top of the second, UMass responded in the bottom of the frame. Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) singled to left, and he moved to third on a perfectly placed hit-and-run single by sophomore shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.). The Minutemen then executed a double steal to score Kulak and take a 2-1 lead.
George Washington again tied the contest in the top of the third, and took the lead on a two-run home run by Jake Wald in the top of the fifth. But UMass responded in the bottom of the fifth as Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) led off with a basehit and Connell Clark reached on an error to get things started for the Minutemen. Pinch hitter John Seed (New Bedford, Mass.) then sacrificed the runners to second and third, and shortstop Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) drove in Stojanowski with a sacrifice fly. Morgan then hit his second homer of the game, a lined shot over the rightfield fence, to give UMass a 5-4 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Minutemen scored a run on a basehit by Athas that scored Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.). Senez singled to lead off the inning, and after a Kulak sacrifice bunt, the senior captain stole third.
The Minutemen return to action on Wednesday, April 3, as they travel to Fairfield for a one-game set. UMass will return home next weekend to continue A-10 play as they face the Dayton Flyers.
LINE SCORE George Washington 13, UMass 9