Late Inning Heroics Lift Baseball To 5-4 Triumph Over UConn
April 12, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (4-18) avenged a 9-0 loss earlier in the season to Connecticut (20-10) with a 5-4 victory this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Freshman Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.) hit a bases loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to capture the win. Junior David Sullivan (Winchester, Mass.) picked up the win, pitching 5.2 innings while allowing just one hit.
The win snaps a 12-game losing streak dating back to March 16. Franczek had two hits in the contest, which doubled his season total to four. Sophomore Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) went 3-for-4 with a run scored while senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) broke the school record for walks in a game with five. He topped the old record set on April 30, 1997, when David Giglio walked four times against Siena.
The Minutemen wasted no time and plated four runs in the bottom of the first. Junior Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) drew a walk to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rankin came to the plate and bunt singled, and a throwing error by the third baseman allowed Durepo to score and for Rankin to go to second. Twomley then walked for the first time of the game. Senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) grounded out to advance the runners to second and third. Sophomore Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and then freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) drove a pitch into right center, clearing the bases to make the the score 4-0.
The Huskies climbed their way back into the game with runs in the next three innings. Pat Mahoney led off the second inning by reaching first on an error. A walk and a single loaded the bases after a fielder's choice, and then Bryan Maler flew out to left field, plating Steven Malinowski.
In the top of the third, Jeff Hourigan started things off with a single through the left side. Russ D'Argento followed suit with a single of his own up the middle. A wild pitch allowed the two runners to advance to second and third, and then a throwing error by the catcher allowed Hourigan to score, making the score 4-2.
In the top of the fourth, the Huskies were able to plate two runners to deadlock the game 4-4. Austin Wasserman was the first man up and was hit by a pitch. Maler singled deep to right center which was able to score Wasserman from first. A Hourigan double to left field scored Maler and tied the game at 4-4.
The two teams traded outs for the next four innings. For the Minutemen, Sullivan allowed just two runners to reach base in 5.2 innings of work. In the bottom of the ninth, Adamski knocked a single off of third base to begin the inning. Garrity sacrifice bunted Adamski over, and then a throwing error by the catcher allowed Adamski to advance to third. Sophomore Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) was intentionally walked to load the bases, and then Franczek ended the game when he snuck a 1-2 pitch past a drawn-in infield on the right side.
For Connecticut, Hourigan went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Maler went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Joe Smeraglino pitched 5.1 innings of relief and allowed just three hits.
The Minutemen are back in action tomorrow at 3:00 PM at Earl Lorden Field when they host Northeastern.