Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Dayton
April 6, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) went six for seven with a double and two runs batted in, but the University of Massachusetts baseball team was able to manage only a split in a doubleheader with Dayton. The Minutemen won the opening game 9-4, before the Flyers came back to post a come-from-behind 8-7 victory in the nightcap. UMass now stands 8-13 overall and 2-6 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, while Dayton is 16-8 overall and 6-2 in league play.
In the opening game, senior righthanded pitcher Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) threw a complete game for the Minutemen to improve to 4-1 on the season. Santos struck out five and scattered nine hits, without allowing a run until the final inning of the game. After UMass jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, sophomore second baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) had a two-run double in the third to make the score 3-0. The Minutemen then took control of the game with four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, as freshman outfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.), senior designated hitter Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) and sophomore shortstop Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) all had RBI singles. UMass added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, before Dayton scored four times in the top of the seventh. Altieri finished the game three for three, while Stojanowski and Durepo both drove in two runs.
In the second game, UMass took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by junior designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.), but Dayton scored twice in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. The Minutemen responded with three runs in the bottom of the second, with sophomore shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) and senior outfielder Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) both delivering RBI singles. The Flyers tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the third, but UMass regained the lead on another RBI single by Senez in the fourth. After Dayton scored three times in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead, the Minutemen scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 7-7, on an RBI triple from Senez and an RBI single by Altieri. But the Flyers then scored the winning run in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Aaron Reesh. Altieri and Senez both went three for four in the game, with Senez driving in three runs.
The Minutemen and the Flyers will conclude their three-game series tomorrow, April 7, with a single game at 11:00 a.m.
UMass 9, Dayton 4 (Game One) Dayton 000 000 4 - 4 9 3 UMass 012 411 X - 9 13 0 UD: Mike Rolih, Mark Eger (6) and Mark Wahl, UM: Jesse Santos and Chris Morgan, 2B: Andy Boehmer (UD), Scott Kaye (UD), Chris Morgan (UM), Jeff Altieri (UM), Adam Stojanowski (UM), Connell Clark (UM), 3B: Tom Beechem (UD), HR: None. Win: Jesse Santos (4-1), Loss: Mike Rolih (5-2).
Dayton 8, UMass 7 (Game Two) Dayton (16-8, 6-2 A-10) 022 030 1 - 8 11 3 UMass (8-13, 2-6 A-10) 130 102 0 - 7 11 2 UD: Jake Hanson, Aaron Pahs (6) and Mark Wahl, UM: Keith Doherty, Eric Chown (5) and Tom Ellerbrook, 2B: None, 3B: Aaron Senez (UM), HR: None. Win: Aaron Pahs (3-0), Loss: Eric Chown (0-5).