Baseball Wins at Northeastern, 2-1
April 11, 2002
BOSTON, Mass. - Mike Crane (Braintree, Mass.) went seven and a third innings, and Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) closed the game out with an inning and two-thirds of scoreless baseball as the University of Massachusetts posted a 2-1 win over Northeastern here at Parsons Field on Thursday afternoon. With the win, UMass moves to 10-15 on the season, while Northeastern falls to 12-6 with the loss.
The Minutemen staked their freshman starter with a two run lead in the top of the second, as Tim Klett (Chicopee, Mass.) and Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) each drove in runs. First baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) led off the inning with a base hit, and was moved to second by a Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) sacrifice bunt. Klett then doubled home Altieri as UMass scored the first run of the game. After Klett stole third, Stojanowski hit a ground ball to short to drive in the run.
Northeastern would pick up a run in the bottom of the third, as leadoff hitter Brad Czarnowski scored on a wild pitch to cut the UMass lead to 2-1. The Huskies loaded the bases in the fourth, but Crane forced John Kahn to hit a ground ball back to him for the force out at the plate. Crane then got Jeff Heriot to look at the third strike to end the threat.
Crane worked into the eighth, the longest outing of his career, en route to his first career win. Doherty entered the game with one out in the eighth and retired two straight to end the inning. In the ninth, Northeastern put runners on first and second with one out, but Doherty got both Czarnowski and Omar Pena swinging to end the game.
The Minutemen will now travel to Kingston, R.I., for a weekend series at URI. The two teams will play a double header on Saturday before playing a single game on Sunday. Game times for both days have been set at 12:00 noon.
LINE SCORE UMass 2, Northeastern 1