Baseball Blanks UConn, 3-0, Loses 9-2
April 14, 2004
STORRS, Conn. - The UMass baseball team (10-10) split a doubleheader against Connecticut (17-13) this afternoon at J.O. Christian Field. Freshman righty Devin Barnett (New Orleans, La.) went the distance in the Game 1 victory notching the first complete game shutout of his collegiate career. He allowed just four batters to register hits.
UMass got on the board first with a run in the fourth inning as senior first baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) scored courtesy an Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) two-out single to make it 1-0, Minutemen. That lead would grow to 3-0 in the fifth inning as senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) knocked a one-out single up the middle plating freshman second baseman Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) and sophomore leftfielder Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.).
Senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.), who transferred from UConn prior to the 2002 season, chipped in another hit to end the day with a pair. Santos also notched his second base knock of the game with a double, the first extra base hit of his collegiate career.
With the victory, Barnett improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.57.
In Game Two, Connecticut scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning to put it away early. Minuteman sophomore starter Jason Hickey (Stamford, Conn.) didn't get out of the first frame allowing six runs on five hits. Junior Anthony Gallo (Peabody, Mass.) entered the game and ended the first frame, lasting into the fifth before getting relieved. Gallo allowed just two hits in his outing.
UMass cut into UConn's 6-0 advantage with a pair of runs in the fourth, as junior left fielder Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) hit a two-run single through the right side scoring Athas and sophomore DH Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) to make it 6-2, Connecticut.
The UConn offense added two more runs in the fifth, and one in the sixth to make it 9-2. UMass rallies were thwarted in both the sixth and the seventh innings. The Minutemen got two runners on base each inning with one out, but stranded all four.
UMass baseball returns to action this weekend with a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference set at Saint Joseph's. First pitch of Saturday's doubleheader is set for 12:00 p.m., while Sunday's single-game is set for 12:00 p.m. as well.
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