Minutemen Fall At Connecticut, 7-1

Freshman Aaron Plunkett struck out four batters in three innings of relief at UConn on Wednesday.

Freshman Aaron Plunkett struck out four batters in three innings of relief at UConn on Wednesday.

April 6, 2011

Box Score

STORRS, Conn. - The UMass baseball team held Connecticut to one run through the first four innings, but the Huskies scored four times on one hit in the fifth, helping the squad defeat the Minutemen, 7-1, on Wednesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. With the setback, UMass falls to 8-12 on the season, while UConn, ranked #29 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's top 30-poll this week, improves to 15-10-1.

The Huskies took advantage of a leadoff triple by Ryan Fuller in the second inning to jump on the board first. Doug Elliot drove in the run with a one-out single up the middle.

UConn went on to expand its advantage to 5-0 in the fifth. After George Springer was hit by a pitch and Mike Nemeth and Fuller drew walks, John Andreoli sent a two-run single into shallow center. Both Fuller and Andreoli came in errors for the team's fourth and fifth runs.

Nemeth went on to score the team's sixth run after drawing a walk in the seventh and plated the final run for the Huskies with an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth.

The Minutemen broke up the shutout in the ninth, scoring on back-to-back doubles by senior Peter Copa and junior Tom Conley.

UMass starter Robert Machado was hooked for the loss (2-3) despite giving up just one run on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work. Bob Van Woert tossed 5.1 shutout innings in the winning effort for Connecticut to improve to 3-0. He scattered three hits, walked five and fanned one.

Fuller tallied three of the Huskies' 13 base knocks, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Elliott (2-for-3), Andreoli (2-for-4) and LJ Mazzilli (2-for-5) all had multi-hit games, as well, with Andreoli collecting a pair of RBI.

Six Minutemen combined for the team's eight hits on the afternoon. Conley batted 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and sophomore Rich Graef finished 2-for-4.



UMass will return to the diamond this Friday, Apr. 8, when the team will open its home schedule with game one of a three-game series against Dayton at 3 p.m.


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