Baseball Blasts BC, 11-6, Advances To Beanpot Championship
April 10, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit by scoring a season-high 11 runs to down Boston College, 11-6, in the teams' first round Beanpot game on Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The Minutemen, who move to 5-17 on the season following the win, 3-1 at home, will now have the opportunity to defend their 2012 title as the squad advances to play Northeastern in the Beanpot Championship game on Apr. 29 at Fenway Park.
The Eagles scored four times with two outs in the top of the first. Logan Hoggarth poked a two-run single through the left side and Stephen Sauter followed with an RBI single to center that scored Tom Bourdon. Hoggarth then came in for BC's fourth of the frame on a passed ball.
UMass responded, though, by cutting its deficit to one in its first trip to the plate. With redshirt sophomore Adam Picard, sophomore Bryan Dionicio and junior Kellen Pagel on via a hit by pitch, a single and a walk, respectively, freshman John Jennings drew a bases loaded walk to force in the first run of the day for the Minutemen. Freshman Vinny Scifo followed with an RBI single to right to drive in Dionicio and another bases loaded walk to senior Rich Graef with two away brought the score to 4-3.
The Minutemen overtook the Eagles in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of a two-out, bases-clearing triple by Picard to the base of the fence in left center that gave UMass a 6-4 advantage.
UMass then broke the game open with a five-run fifth, tallying five hits and sending 11 batters to the plate. Pagel started a string of three straight hits for the Minutemen with a one-out double to left center, his first career extra base hit, and crossed the plate on an errant throw to first as Jennings legged out an infield single. After a walk to redshirt junior Ryan Cusick loaded the bases, Graef dropped down a bunt single that scored Jennings. A bases loaded walk to junior Rob McLam forced in Scifo and Dionicio extended the advantage to 11-4 with a two-run single through the left side to pick up his first career RBI.
Boston College scored its fifth and sixth runs of the day after having leadoff hitters reach in both the sixth and the seventh with a walk to Sauter and a double by Blake Butera. The Eagles' only chance to rally came in the seventh, but junior Aaron Plunkett worked out of the bases loaded, one out jam.
Freshman Evan Mackintosh collected his first career win (1-0) for the Minutemen after throwing three scoreless innings of relief and allowing just one hit while walking one and striking out two. Jesse Adams took the loss (0-1) for BC. He surrendered three runs on two hits and walked two in his one inning out of the bullpen.
Freshmen Jennings (3-for-4) and Scifo (2-for-3) combined for half of UMass' hits in the contest and each drove in a run. Dionicio went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in his first career start, Picard drove in three and Graef finished with two RBI and scored twice.
Hoggarth plated three of the Eagles' four runs on the afternoon, while Butera contributed three of Boston College's seven hits and scored twice.
The Minutemen continue their homestand on Friday, Apr. 12, when the squad will open up its three-game Atlantic 10 series with St. Bonaventure at 3 p.m.