Torres, Minutemen, Top UAlbany, 2-1
March 31, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind eight solid innings of work by junior right-hander Dennis Torres, the UMass baseball team took the opening game of its weekend series with Albany, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The win moves the Minutemen to 5-8 on the season, while the Great Danes drop to 5-17-1.
With neither team able to advance a runner past second until the fifth inning, UAlbany stranded Jeff Welsh at third in the top of the frame, but managed to push a run across in its next trip to the plate. D.J. Hoagboon singled through the left side with one out in the sixth and, after a pair UMass of errors loaded the bases, scored on a sacrifice bunt by Gordon Madej to put the Great Danes in front, 1-0.
The Minutemen responded, though, with a pair of extra base hits in the bottom half of the inning to climb on top, 2-1. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick lofted a one-out triple to the right field corner. Then, following a walk to sophomore Rob McLam, Cusick came home on an RBI groundout by junior Anthony Serino to tie the score at one. The next batter, senior Tom Conley, ripped a 3-2 pitch to the fence in left center to plate McLam for the go-ahead run.
That was all the run support Torres needed to record the win (2-2). He scattered eight hits on the afternoon, only one for extra bases, walked one and struck out six. Freshmen Tim Stoops and Conor LeBlanc worked a hitless ninth with LeBlanc earning his first collegiate save.
Zach Kraham allowed three hits and threw five shutout innings, walking none and striking out six for the Great Danes before giving way to Kevin Archbold who took the loss (0-1). Archbold let up two runs on two hits and walked one in two-thirds of an inning on the hill.
The teams will close out the weekend with a doubleheader tomorrow, Apr. 1, beginning at noon.