UMass Advances To Beanpot Championship With 4-1 Win Over Northeastern
April 10, 2012
LOWELL, Mass. - The UMass baseball team rode a strong pitching performance by freshman Conor LeBlanc to a 4-1 victory over Northeastern in the opening round of the Beanpot at LeLacheur Park on Tuesday evening. With the win, the fourth straight for the Minutemen (10-10), the squad advances to the Beanpot Championship for the first time since 2009 and will face Harvard next Wednesday for the tournament title.
UMass found itself down 1-0 after Northeastern converted a leadoff walk into a run in the bottom of the second. After Jon Leroux drew the base on balls, Jason Vosler ripped a double into the right field corner to bring in the run.
The Minutemen promptly took the run back in its next turn at bat, though. Senior Tom Conley drew a leadoff walk, reaching base for a 21st straight contest, moved to second on a bunt single by redshirt freshman Adam Picard and went to third on an error before scoring on a ground ball by sophomore Dylan Begin.
Then in the bottom of the fourth, UMass took the lead with one swing of the bat. Conley drew a one-out walk and two batters later, sophomore Nik Campero lofted a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right for his first career home run to put the Minutemen in front, 3-1.
UMass added an insurance run in the sixth. Junior Anthony Serino walked with one away, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. That set up an RBI single by Picard, which he dropped into shallow center.
That was all the Minutemen needed as LeBlanc tossed 7.2 innings to improve to 2-0 on the year and allowed just one run on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Senior Leif Sorenson worked a scoreless ninth to collect his fourth save of the season.
Matt Cook let up four runs, three earned, on three hits with five walks and four strikeouts in seven innings on the hill, taking the loss (1-3) for the Huskies.
Picard finished with two of UMass' four hits, going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Campero drove in two and Conley scored twice. Vosler hit 2-for-4 with an RBI for Northeastern.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Friday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa., opening their series at Saint Joseph's at 3 p.m. on Apr. 13.