Baseball Loses To Duquesne, 9-0, In Series Finale
April 10, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (3-18, 0-6 A-10) dropped the last game of a three game series, 9-0, to Duquesne (9-16, 4-5 A-10) this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The Dukes benefited from seven unearned runs in the fifth and sixth innings to earn the series sweep.
Duquesne opened the game in the top of the first with an early run. Nolan Pena and Eric Morrison started the game with two base hits. A flyout to left advanced Pena to third, and a Steve Maiolo single up the middle scored the first run.
In the fifth, the Dukes blew the game open with five runs, all with two outs. Maiolo led off and reached on an error and Joe Berletic singled on the next play. Dante Plassion forced a walk after two fly outs, and then Pat Kimutis singled down the right field line to score a pair of runs. A Nolan Pena single and a Morrison double plated the other three runs in the inning.
In the next inning, two more unearned runs made the score 8-0. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases with nobody out. With the infield in, sophomore Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) threw out a runner at home on a grounder to record the first out. Another fielding error on the next play allowed two runners to cross the plate and make the score 8-0.
Duquesne capped the scoring in the eighth when Kimutis singled in Matt Melillo, who pinch ran for Berletic who led off the inning with a double.
For the Minutemen, senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) went 1-for-4 with a double, extending his career-long hitting streak to 12 games. Senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) went 2-for-4, while freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) knocked a double to extend his hitting streak to six games.
UMass continues its home stand on Tuesday, April 12 when it hosts Connecticut at 3:00 PM.