Twomley And Santos Homer As Baseball Falls To Holy Cross, 7-4
April 5, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. -- Senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) and sophomore Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) drove in all of the runs for the University of Massachusetts (3-14), but it was Holy Cross (5-9) who came away with a 7-4 victory this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Twomley belted his sixth home run of the season while Santos hit the first of his career.
Twomley belted his sixth homer of the spring and has hit safely in eight-straight contests. Santos bashed a three-run home run, the first of his career, in the bottom of the fifth that gave UMass the lead at that time. Twomley was 2-for-5 on the day.
Through the first three innings, the two offenses were only able to muster two hits combined. Holy Cross opened the scoring in the top of the fifth when Steve Buckley reached courtesy of a walk after an error on a dropped pop-up in foul territory. Tom Potvin smacked a single to right field, and then Andy Sweeney sacrifice bunted the runners to second and third. Erik Kistler was able to reach on the next play as a hard grounder eluded third baseman Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) and scored Buckley. Mike Marron grounded out to plate the second run of the inning, giving the Crusaders a 2-0 advantage.
The Minutemen came right back in the bottom of the inning and took a 3-2 lead. Freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) reached on an error by the third baseman, and then freshman Dan Coury (Fall River, Mass.) roped a double down the left field line. UMass kept the pressure on as Santos drove a ball over the right field wall to give UMass the edge, 3-2.
The Crusaders came back in the sixth and regained the lead. Mike Schell led off the inning with a double into left center, and then Andrew Tenaglia was hit by a pitch. The bases became full when Buckley singled up the middle, but it was hit too hard as Schell was forced to stay on third. Potvin drove him in on the next play with a sacrifice fly to right. The Crusaders manufactured their next run, as Buckley walked off of first when pitcher Brent Tarasuik (Lynn, Mass.) went into his stretch. Tarasuik tossed the ball to the second baseman, and Tenaglia was able to swipe home in the process, making the score 4-3.
Massachusetts evened the game in bottom of the seventh, as Twomley blasted a pitch well over the right field wall for his sxith of the season.
The Crusaders took the lead for good in the top of the eighth, when they loaded the bases with a double, a walk, and a hit batsman. Tucker Frawley came in to pinch hit and drove in two runs, which proved to be the game winners.
Holy Cross capped the scoring in the top of the ninth due to some sloppy fielding by the MInutemen. Two infield errors allowed another run to cross the plate.
UMass rallied in the last frame and had men on first and second with nobody out. Sophomore Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) battled at the plate but wound up striking out. Sophomore Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) grounded back to the pitcher, who turned to second and made a poor throw, allowing everyone to reach safely and loading the bases. The next batter, senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.), grounded into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to seal the win for the Crusaders.
UMass is back in action tomorrow when it hosts Hartford at 3:00 PM at Earl Lorden Field.