Connecticut Takes 15-11 Slugfest Over Minutemen
April 7, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team blasted four home runs, but was unable to hold off UConn, falling to the Huskies 15-11 on Earl Lorden Field on Wednesday afternoon. The setback snaps a seven-game home winning streak for the Minutemen and leaves the squad at 2-16 on the year, while the Huskies improve to 19-7 overall with their eighth straight win.
After Nick Ahmed plated the first run of the game in the top of the first with an RBI single up the middle for the Huskies, UMass hit three homers in the bottom half of the frame. Junior Eric Fredette sent the first pitch of his at bat over the fence in right for his first career home run, which tied the score at 1-1. Junior Matt Gedman followed with another first pitch long ball, belting his to center. Then, after a walk to senior Brian Baudinet, Mike Gedman hit a two-run shot to center that pushed the score to 4-1.
UConn answered with a pair in the top of the second on a two-run double by Billy Ferriter and the squad went on to tie the score at 4-4 with a solo homer by George Springer with one out in the top of the third.
The Minutemen pulled back in front, 5-4, in the bottom of the inning as senior Mike Donato drew a leadoff walk and Baudinet sent a double down the left field line to that brought him home.
Then in the top of the fourth, UMass pushed its advantage to 10-4, tallying five runs on six hits in the frame. Three straight singles by junior Kyle Multner, freshman Ryan Cusick and Fredette yielded the squad's sixth run of the afternoon. Matt Gedman knocked in Cusick with a double to right and Baudinet had a single to center that plated Matt Gedman. Mike Gedman's chopping single through the right side sent home Donato and junior Peter Copa picked up an RBI, reaching on a fielder's choice with Baudinet scoring on the play.
The Huskies answered promptly with a four-run fifth to close the gap to 10-8. Mike Nemeth's RBI single up the middle brought in Pierre LePage and Mike Olt drove a two run-triple to the fence in center before scoring on a wild pitch.
Fredette lofted a home run to center with one down in the bottom of the fifth for his second of the day and final run of the contest for the Minutemen.
UConn went on to blast four home runs late, two in the seventh and two in the eighth, to overtake UMass. Olt's three-run homer in the seventh tied the score at 11-11, while the next batter, Kevin Vance gave the Huskies the advantage with one swing of the bat.
Then in the top of the eighth, UConn added three insurance runs on a solo shot by Springer and two-run homer by Vance.
Senior Bryan Leigh pitched one inning out of the bullpen and took the loss (0-4) for the Minutemen, surrendering four runs on four hits and walking two. Scott Oberg logged the victory (2-0) for the Huskies as he worked two scoreless innings of relief, holding UMass to two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Minutemen tallied 16 hits on the afternoon, paced by a 4-for-5 performance from Matt Gedman, who was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, drove in two and scored twice. Fredette hit 3-for-5 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored. Mike Gedman (2-for-5) contributed three RBI and scored twice, while Baudinet went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
UConn registered 18 hits, including five home runs. Doug Elliot and Springer both finished 3-for-5. Springer scored three and drove in a pair, Olt totaled five RBI and Vance knocked in three runs.
UMass will be back in action on Friday, Apr. 9, when the squad opens its first home series of the year in Atlantic 10 action, facing Richmond at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.