Home Runs Help Lift Dayton Past UMass Baseball, 6-2
April 5, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team held an early 2-1 lead, but a four-run fifth inning that included Dayton's second home run of the day, helped carry the Flyers past the Minutemen, 6-2 on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Following the loss, UMass falls to 3-19 overall, 2-6 in Atlantic 10 play, while Dayton moves to 12-16 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as Sergio Plasencia homered to right with one away for the first run of the game.
Then in the bottom half of the frame, UMass pulled in front, 2-1, following a trio of two-out hits. Seniors Nik Campero and Dylan Begin reached with back-to-back singles and sophomore Brandon Walsh drove in the pair with his double into the right field corner.
However, Dayton put up four unearned runs in the fifth after a miscue in the field extended the inning. Kuris Duggan led off with a walk, while Roby Sunderman followed with a single to center. After a sacrifice bunt by Plasencia moved the runners to second and third, Duggan scored on an error that allowed Ryan Berry to reach with two away. Sunderman came in on a wild pitch to give the Flyers a 3-2 advantage and AJ Ryan's two-run home run increased the margin to 5-2.
Dayton added the final run of the afternoon in the top of the seventh. Berry flared a two-out single into center, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single up the middle by Ryan.
Noah Buettgen tossed a complete game for the Flyers and picked up the win (4-3) with all five hits he surrendered coming in the first three innings. He walked one and struck out six, as well. Minutemen starter Aaron Plunkett took the loss (0-4), allowing five runs, one earned, on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Five UMass batters had one hit apiece on the afternoon with Walsh registering both RBIs for the Minutemen.
Ryan paced Dayton at the plate with a 2-for-4 showing, three RBI and one run scored.
The teams will close out the weekend series tomorrow, Apr. 6, at Noon on Earl Lorden Field.