Baseball Defeats Holy Cross On The Road, 4-3
April 3, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior starting pitcher Jim Cassidy (Medway, Mass.) surrendered only one run on three hits in seven innings of work to lead the University of Massachusetts (5-11) over the College of the Holy Cross (2-14) by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon. The win moves UMass Head Coach Mike Stone one step closer to a milestone, as it was win number 499 of his UMass career. Cassidy (1-1) struck out five Crusaders and walked three. Junior Aaron Smith (Westfield, Mass.) pitched the ninth inning to earn his third save of the season. The Minutemen offense was led by sophomore Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.), who drove in two runs and scored once.
Cassidy and Holy Cross starter Kevin Beglane would keep the game scoreless until UMass broke through in the third frame. Junior first baseman Andy Tuetken (Smithfield, RI) led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by senior Travis Munsey (Durham, NH). After an out, shortstop Lou Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.) would hit into a fielder's choice that plated Tuetken.
The 1-0 UMass lead would last until the home half of the fifth. Tyler Stampone and Kyle Lister started things off with back-to-back singles for Holy Cross. With Crusaders at first and third, Tim Hughes hit into a 4-6-3 double play that pushed across the first Holy Cross run to make it 1-1 game.
The Minutemen started the top of the seventh inning with back-to-back singles of their own by Munsey and Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.). Both runners then moved into scoring position on a double steal with one out. Tempesta then ripped a single down the rightfield line that scored them both. Some sloppy play by the Crusaders kept the inning going for UMass as Tempesta advanced to second on a wild pitch. Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) followed that up by hitting a ball to third base that was misplayed by both the third baseman and leftfielder to allow Tempesta to come around and score the fourth UMass run.
Mitchell Eilenberg (Brooklyn, NY) came in to relieve Cassidy to start the eighth and Holy Cross tried to mount a comeback against the sophomore right-hander. Hughes led the inning off with a double down the rightfield line. Eilenberg would appear to settle down by striking out two straight Crusaders looking. Jamie Aldrich then reached base on an error. Matt Perron took advantage by doubling to left to score two unearned runs for Holy Cross and make it one run game at 4-3.
Smith came in to close out the game in the ninth and hit the first batter he saw. He would recover to induce a double play and a ground out to end the game and seal UMass' fifth victory of the season.
Coach Stone will go after win number 500 on Friday when the Minutemen host their home opener at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field. Fans that can't make it to the game can follow the action on Gametracker and listen live at UMassathletics.com.
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