UMass Baseball Walks Off With 5-4 Win Over Dayton
April 6, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team rallied from a 4-2 deficit, plating three runs in its final two turns at bat to walk off with a 5-4 victory over Dayton on Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Following the win, UMass improves to 4-19 overall, 3-6 in the Atlantic 10, while the Flyers drop to 12-17 and 5-4 in conference play.
Dayton plated the first run of the day in the top of the first. Alex Harris reached on an error with two away and came home following back-to-back singles by Ryan Berry and AJ Ryan.
UMass responded, though, scoring in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at 1-1. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie led of with a double to right center, was sacrificed over to third and crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by senior Nik Campero.
The Flyers pulled back in front with another unearned run in the fifth as Harris reached with a one-out single to right and scored on an error with two outs.
However, the Minutemen promptly took the run back in their next turn at bat. Sophomore Vinny Scifo knocked a single through the right side, stole second, moved to third on a ground ball and came in on a wild pitch.
Dayton regained the advantage with runs in the seventh and eighth. Harris drove a single up the middle and Ryan plated him with a two-out single through the left side for the squad's third run. Harris then gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead with his RBI single in the eighth.
UMass rallied once more, tying the score at four with a two-run eighth. Junior Paul Yanakopulos reached on an error with one away, while three straight hits by Adie, senior Nick Sanford and Campero followed. Campero drove in both runs with a single to center.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Brandon Walsh drew a one-out walk, while a single by Scifo and a walk to Yanakopulos loaded the bases for Adie. With a 2-0 count, Adie deposited the third pitch of his at bat into right center to bring in Walsh for the winning run.
Senior DJ Jauss pitched one scoreless inning out of the bullpen, allowed one hit and struck out one en route to the win (2-1). Nick Weybright took the loss (1-3) for the Flyers as he surrendered one run on two hits with one walk and one strikeout in one inning on the hill.
Adie led UMass offensively with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, including two doubles, to go along with an RBI and two runs scored. Campero went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Harris and Ryan paced Dayton, combining for six of the team's 11 hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored and 3-for-5 with two RBI, respectively.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Tuesday, April 8, when the squad will play host to Siena at 3:00 p.m.