Comeback Falls Short For UMass Baseball At Siena, 8-4
April 1, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The UMass baseball team brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning after starting out the contest with a 6-0 deficit, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling 8-4 to Siena on Monday afternoon at Siena Field. Following the loss, the Minutemen sit at 3-14 on the season, while the Saints improve to 18-8.
Siena climbed on top 3-0 in the first inning, sending nine batters to the plate. John Rooney led off with a single to left and later came in on a one-out single through the left side by Larry Balkwill. Brian Fay and Mike Allen followed with a pair of RBI singles that brought home Mike Fish and Balkwill, respectively.
The Saints added their fourth run of the afternoon in the bottom of the third as Allen reached with his second single in as many at bats, stole second, went to third on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dave Hoffmann.
Two innings later, a bases loaded walk to Hoffman increased Siena's lead to 5-0, while a one-out RBI single by Fay pushed the advantage to 6-0 in the sixth.
Then in the top of the seventh, UMass began to chip away at the deficit after the first three batters of the inning reached base. Freshman Zach Littman was hit by a pitch, while classmate John Jennings followed a dropped a single into shallow center. The next batter, freshman Vinny Scifo, drove in Littman for the Minutemen's first run of the day with a single to right. UMass capped off he inning with a pair of two-out RBI singles by juniors Rob McLam and Nik Campero to close the gap to 6-3.
UMass then pulled within two in its next trip to the plate, scoring a run without registering a hit. Sophomore Jeff Cavanaro drew a leadoff walk on four pitches, was awarded second on a balk, went to third on a ground ball and came home on a wild pitch.
However, the Saints took two of the runs back in the bottom of the eighth as a two-run single by Balkwill helped seal the victory.
An error and a pair of walks brought the potential tying run to the plate in the form of Cavanaro with two down in the top of the ninth, but Neil Fryer managed to fan the UMass centerfielder to collect the save.
Junior Aaron Plunkett started on the mound for the Minutemen and took the loss (0-1) after allowing five runs on six hits and walking four over four innings. Bryan Goossens picked up the win (1-3) in his start for the Saints. He let up three runs on 10 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 6.2 innings on the hill.
Picard led UMass at the plate with a 3-for-4 afternoon, while Campero also had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.
The middle of the order provided the bulk of Siena's offense as Balkwill (3-for-4), Fay (3-for-4) and Allen (3-for-5) combined for nine of the Saints' 13 total hits and drove in six of the squad's eight runs. Balkwill had a game-best three RBI and scored once.
UMass will be back in action on Wednesday, Apr. 3, with its second of five straight on the road, playing at Northeastern at 3 p.m.