UMass Upends Boston College, 9-4
April 9, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - A strong pitching performance by Jim Cassidy (2-1) (Medway, Mass.) propelled the UMass baseball team (7-13-0, 3-5-0) to a win over Boston College (9-19-1, 4-11-0) on Monday at Earl Lorden Field. The win is UMass' first over the intrastate rival Eagles since the first round of the Beanpot Tournament on March 24, 2000. The victory is also the team's first over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since the 1971 edition of the Minutemen, under the direction of Dick Bergquist, defeated the University of Maryland Terrapins.
Cassidy threw six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits in a gusty performance. After yielding a run in first frame, the junior transfer settled into cruise control and threw four straight innings without allowing a run.
A well-balanced attack led the Minutemen, as seven of the nine batters hit safely in the game. Four UMass players collected two hits on the afternoon, including freshman Cody Kauffman (Blue Bell, Pa.), whose two hits were the first of his collegiate career. Sophomore Jim Macdonald (Cheshire, Conn.) drove in three runs from the clean-up spot while senior Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) knocked in two.
Senior Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) picked up where he left off on Saturday with two hits, including a double, and two runs scored. The catalyst for the lineup was Lou Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.) who scored three times from the leadoff spot.
UMass jumped on Boston College starter Dan Houston early and often. In the top of the first, the home team tagged the Eagle hurler for two runs when Jim Macdonald laced a double down the left field like to score Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) and Adamski. The runs put the Minutemen in the driver's seat as they never relinquished the lead.
The Eagles attempted to stage a comeback by chipping away at the UMass lead with a run in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. However, the Minutemen responded with three runs of their own as a result of Boston College's sloppy play.
In the ninth inning, UMass closer Aaron Smith (Westfield, Mass.) came on in relief of Ryan Walczak (Taunton, Mass.) and slammed the door shut on the Eagles, assuring the Minutemen of their seventh win of the year.
UMass will play next on Tuesday when they pay a visit to the Connecticut Huskies in Stors, Conn. Game time is 3 p.m.
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