Baseball Advances To Beanpot Championship With 5-3 Win Over Northeastern
April 9, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team has advanced to the Beanpot Championship game for a third consecutive season as the squad posted a 5-3 victory over Northeastern in a Beanpot first round matchup at Earl Lorden Field on Wednesday afternoon. Following the victory, the Minutemen improve to 5-19 overall, while the Huskies fall to 13-17 on the year.
Northeastern began the contest with a 1-0 lead after plating a run in its first trip to the plate. Connor Lyons drew the first of two walks in the inning, moved to third on ground out and scored on an RBI single to left by Nick Fanneron.
UMass tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second after senior Dylan Begin led off with a double to left center and went to third on a ground ball before sophomore John Jennings brought in the run with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Minutemen then pulled in front in the third as redshirt junior Kyle Adie reached with a single to right center and later scored with senior Nick Sanford caught in a rundown between first and second.
In the bottom of the sixth UMass put up the biggest inning of the day, scoring three runs on three hits and sending eight batters to the plate to increase its advantage to 5-1. Adie drew a four-pitch walk, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored when Sanford reached on an error. Begin and senior Nik Campero followed with singles to load the bases, while sophomore Brandon Walsh drove in Sanford with a fielder's choice. Campero came in for the Minutemen's final run on a sacrifice fly by redshirt junior Adam Picard.
Four singles by the Huskies in the sixth trimmed the margin to 5-3 as Connor Lyons and Michael Foster drove in Gabe Levanti and Cam Hanley, respectively.
However, freshman Tommy McDonald entered to pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth and allowed just one hit with no walks and one strikeout to earn his first career save. Junior Andrew Grant tossed a solid seven innings in his start and picked up the win (1-1) as he let up three runs on seven hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. Isaac Lippert took the loss (1-3) for Northeastern as he surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings on the hill.
Adie (2-for-3), Sanford (2-for-4) Begin (2-for-4) and Jennings (2-for-3) combined for eight of UMass' nine hits on the afternoon. Adie scored two runs, as well, and has now reached base in 16 straight games.
The Minutemen will be back in action this Friday, April 11, when the squad will play host to Saint Louis in the opener of a three-game Atlantic 10 series at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field. UMass will face Harvard in the Beanpot Championship game on April 21 at Northeastern.