Baseball Drops Pair To Duquesne, 6-3 and 6-5
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (3-17, 0-5 A-10) fell short in two games against Duquesne (8-16, 3-5 A-10), 6-3 and 6-5, in a twinbill this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) extended his career-long hitting streak to 11 games, recording a home run in both contests.
In game one, the Dukes notched a single run in the second and the fourth. Corey Bugno flew out to center field to record the first run while Nolan Pena singled in a run in the fourth.
UMass responded in the fourth with a run of their own when junior Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) singled to lead off the inning. A walk and a sacrifice bunt allowed Durepo to reach third, and he later scored on a wild pitch to pull the Minutemen within one run.
In the top of the seventh, Duquesne added an insurance run when Eric Morrison led the inning off with a double down the left field line. Mike Grecco followed suit with a single ro right, and then a fielder's choice plated Morrison to put the Dukes up 3-1.
In the last frame, hurler Scott Chisholm retired the first two batters. Sophomore Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) kept the game alive when he took a pitch to his back and was awarded first base. The next batter was Twomley, and he roped an 0-1 pitch over the right field fence to tie the game 3-3.
The two teams traded outs until the 11th inning. The Dukes took control of the game when Pena walked and advanced to second on a groundout. Grecco walked, and then Steve Maiolo singled in Pena, and a throwing error allowed another run to score, making the score 5-3. A single later in the inning would plate Maiolo and put the game out of reach.
Matt Torra threw 10.0 innings for the Minutemen, striking out 11 and allowing three runs. Adam Haun picked up the win for the Dukes, pitching the four extra innings and allowing just two hits.
In game two, Grecco launched a pitch in the first inning over the right field wall to give the Dukes a 1-0 advantage. The Minutemen responded in the bottom of the second when they loaded the bases with a single, a sacrifice bunt where all the runners were safe due to a throwing error, and a walk. After a pop out notched the second out of the inning, Twomley stepped to the plate. A wild pitch would score freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.), and then Twomley blasted his second homer of the game, and eighth of the season, on a 3-2 count to put the Minutemen up 4-1. The Dukes came right back in the top of the third and tied the game at four. Four hits to lead off the inning, capped by the Morrison triple to right center deadlocked the game.
In the next inning, Duquesne would capture the lead when Bugno led off the inning with a single. Bugno advanced to second courtesy of a wild pitch and then scored on a Morrison single. Another single advanced Morrison to third, and then a Maiolo fly out brought him in.
UMass would add one more in the bottom of the sixth. Twomley and Durepo both singled and were at first and third when sophomore Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) grounded out to score Twomley.
The Minutemen look to take the third game of the series tomorrow when the host Duquesne in the series finale at 12:00 PM at Earl Lorden Field.