Saint Louis Edges UMass Baseball, 2-1 In 11 Innings
April 13, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end as Saint Louis edged the Minutemen, 2-1 in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Following the setback, the Minutemen sit at 7-20 overall, 5-7 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Billikens improve to 20-13 overall and 8-3 in conference action.
After allowing a pair of singles to open Saint Louis' half of the second, sophomore Brandon Walsh worked out of the jam with two fielder's choice ground balls and strikeout that stranded runners on first and third for the Billikens.
Saint Louis had just one runner in scoring position over the next five innings before eventually ending the scoreless deadlock with the first run of the afternoon in the top of the eighth. Michael Bozarth poked a leadoff single through the left side, advanced to second on a sacrifice, went to third on a groundout and crossed the plate on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Danny Murphy.
UMass promptly tied the score in the bottom half of the inning. With two away, redshirt junior Kyle Adie drove a single up the middle, while senior Nick Sanford followed with a single to center and senior Nik Campero knocked in Adie with a single through the left side. Senior Dylan Begin then reached on an error to load the bases, but reliever Matt Eckelman induced a ground ball for the third out to prevent any further damage.
The Minutemen had two-out hits in both the ninth and the 10th that landed runners in scoring position, but were unable to push across the winning run.
In the Billikens' half of the 11th, Jake Henson reached on a fielder's choice, while back-to-back one-out singles by Danny Mannion and Josh Bunselmeyer brought him around to give Saint Louis the 2-1 advantage.
Freshman Ryan Moloney took the loss (0-6) for UMass as he worked 1.1 innings of relief and allowed one run on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts. Walsh went nine innings in his start for the Minutemen and limited the Billikens to one run on 10 hits, all singles, with one walk and four strikeouts.
Eckelman picked up the win (4-1) for Saint Louis as he did not allow a run in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen and let up five hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Campero and Picard combined for four of UMass' 10 hits in the contest, both going 2-for-5 at the plate. For the Billikens, Braxton Martinez (3-for-4) and Mannion (3-for-5) both had multi-hit efforts, as did Bozarth (2-for-6).
The Minutemen will be back in action on Tuesday, April 15, with a non-conference road game at Central Connecticut at 3 p.m.
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