UMass Baseball Upends Saint Louis, 7-1, In Series Opener
April 11, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass baseball used timely hitting from Dylan Begin and Adam Picard and strong efforts by Conor LeBlanc and the Minutemen relievers on the mound to upend Saint Louis, 7-1, in game one of the teams' weekend series at Earl Lorden Field on Friday afternoon. Following its third straight victory, UMass improves to 6-19 overall, 4-6 in the Atlantic 10, while the Billikens fall to 19-12 on the year and 7-2 in conference play.
After LeBlanc worked around a two-out double in the first, the Minutemen pulled in front, 2-0, in the bottom half of the inning. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie led off with a single to left, moved to second on a sacrifice and went to third on a passed ball. Senior Nik Campero drew a walk with one away, bringing Begin to the plate. Begin then roped a two-run double into right center to put UMass on the board.
In the top of the seventh, Saint Louis cut its deficit in half. Colton Frabasilio dropped a single into right to open the frame and later crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
The Minutemen responded, though, by widening the gap with five runs on four hits in their next turn at bat. Adie and senior Nick Sanford started things off by reaching on an error and a fielder's choice, respectively. Campero then doubled in Adie, while Begin followed with a two-run single up the middle to bring home Sanford and Campero. Freshman Mike Geannelis deposited a one-out single into right and an error on the play gave UMass two runners in scoring position. Picard, who reached base four times on the day, then drove in the pair with a single down the left field line.
LeBlanc went 6.1 innings and collected the win (2-3) as he limited the Billikens to one run on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Freshman Tommy McDonald and Brandon Walsh held Saint Louis to just two hits over the remaining 2.2 innings and combined for four strikeouts without walking a batter.
Billikens' starter Nick Bates took the loss (4-1), surrendering six runs, five earned, on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Picard finished the afternoon 3-for-3 for the Minutemen with two RBI, while Begin hit 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored. Adie and Campero each scored twice, as well.
Three Saint Louis batters combined for six of the squad's seven hits in the contest as Mike Vigliarolo, Frabasilio and Josh Bunselmeyer all went 2-for-4 at the plate.
UMass will be back in action against the Billikens tomorrow, April 12, with game two of the weekend series set for a 1 p.m. start.