Minutemen Down Boston College, 8-4
April 13, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The UMass baseball team pounded out 11 hits on its way to its third win in the past four games, downing Boston College, 8-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Shea Field. With the victory, the Minutemen move to 5-17 on the year, while the Eagles fall to 15-17.
After UMass went down in order in the first, Boston College got on the board as Robbie Anston drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Hamlet and came around to score on a single through the left side by John Spatola.
Following a scoreless second, the Minutemen pulled in front by capitalizing on several Eagles' miscues in the third. Sophomore Tom Conley began the frame with a double into the left field corner and later came home on a wild pitch. Senior Mike Gedman and sophomore Alex Fischer reached base on two straight BC errors, prolonging the inning. Freshman Ryan Cusick brought in Mike Gedman with a sacrifice fly and junior Eric Fredette plated Fischer with a single to left that gave UMass a 3-1 advantage.
The Minutemen added a fourth run the following inning as junior Peter Copa ripped a leadoff triple past a diving Anston in center and came in to score when the next batter, Conley, dropped a single inside the right field line.
Responding for the Eagles, however, was Anthony Melchionda. With two down in BC's next turn at bat, Melchionda lofted a ball over the fence in right to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Then in the fifth, UMass broke the game open with four runs on four hits to expand its lead to 8-2. Copa was hit by a pitch with one out, while Conley shot a hard line drive off the glove of BC pitcher Hunter Gordon for an infield single. Mike Gedman followed up by ripping a single past Mickey Wiswall at first to drive in Copa, while Fischer launched a double into right center to send home Conley and Gedman. Cusick continued the string of hits with a single up the middle that plated Fischer for the squad's eighth and final run of the afternoon.
The Eagles threatened to rally in the bottom of the ninth, opening up with back-to-back singles by Melchionda and Rob Moir. The sixth player to bat in the inning, Wiswall drove in the pair with a two-out double into the gap in left center, closing the gap to 8-4.
That would be all, however, as senior Bryan Leigh induced a weak ground ball off the bat of Spatola to first to wrap up his second complete game of his career. Leigh earned the win (1-4) for the Minutemen and struck out six batters. He allowed four runs on four hits and walked four. Clemens suffered the loss (1-2) for BC, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Leading the way for the UMass offense was Conley's 4-for-4 performance at the plate to go along with two runs scored and an RBI. Fischer went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs scored, while Cusick drove in two, as well.
For the Eagles, Wiswall went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Melchionda batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Moir finished 2-for-4.
The Minutemen will be back in action tomorrow, Apr. 14, when the squad will travel to Brockton, Mass., to play Northeastern in the opening round of the Beanpot Tournament at 7 p.m.