Stone Wins No. 500 In Doubleheader Split With Rhode Island
April 7, 2007
AMHERST, Mass.- UMass Head Coach Mike Stone won his 500th game today when the Minutemen (6-12-0, 3-5-0) took the first game of the doubleheader with Rhode Island (7-17-0, 4-4-0) 5-4. The Maroon and White dropped the second game to the Rams 5-4 in 11 innings. UMass had strong outings on the mound from Chris Lloyd (2-2) in the first game and Mike Dicato (0-4) (Winthrop, Mass.). Senior Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) had his best games of the season going 2-3 in the first game and 3-5 in the second. Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) and Jim Macdonald (Cheshire, Conn.) each had three hit games in the first and second contests, respectively.
Of win No. 500, Coach Stone said, "The number is satisfying. It gives you credibility as far as being around long enough to get the wins. Unfortunately, I'm a bit distracted about [the second game]. It's definitely gratifying. It verifies the amount of time, effort, years and kids that have played for us."
The day did not start well for the Maroon and White as Lloyd was touched up for three runs in the top of the first inning. However, once he got passed the initial control problems, he went first straight innings, spanning 16 batters without yielding another hit.
UMass opened its scoring on the afternoon in the third inning when Tempesta singled home Munsey, who had reached on a lead-off double.
The Minutemen pulled within one in the seventh when Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) cleared the right field fence for his first home run of the season.
In the eighth, UMass took the lead for good when a MacDonald sent a Matt Miranda offering down the left field line to drive in Bryan Adamski (Sotuh Deerfield, Mass.). MacDonald then came home for the go-ahead run on a Jim Cassidy (Medway, Mass.) single to cap the UMass scoring in the first game.
Rhode Island countered with a run but the rally was silenced when Aaron Smith (Westfield, Mass.) came in to secure his fourth save of the season by recording the final out of the game.
In the second half of the doubleheader, the Minutemen looked poised to sweep but let the lead slip out of their hands in the ninth inning. After freshman starter Jared Freni (Malden, Mass.) struggled in his second tour of the Rhode Island lineup, Dicato came in and pitched effectively in relief. He allowed only one run until from the fourth inning to the ninth, including a stretch of retiring eight straight batters.
UMass had a scoring outburst in the sixth inning when MacDonald singled home a run and Munsey knocked a two RBI double to center field, continuing his big day.
Clinging to a 4-3 lead heading into the ninth, the Maroon and White allowed the Rams to score the tying run on an errant throw to third base by Bryan Adamski, who was looking to complete a potential game-ending double play. However, Chris Parkinson scampered home on the overthrow to force extra innings.
Unfortunately, in extra frames, the UMass bats fell silent, going in order in the 10th and the 11th.
In his eighth inning of work, Dicato left a pitch hanging over the play and Eric Larson sent it to deep left field for a game-winning home run.
The two teams will square off in the rubber match of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans can follow the action with live audio Gametracker on UMassAthletics.com.
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