Baseball Splits Doubleheader With George Washington
April 14, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior right-hander Jim Cassidy (3-1; Medway, Mass.) turned in another strong pitching performance (8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K) and benefited from a three-run eighth inning by his offense to lead the University of Massachusetts (9-15, 4-8 Atlantic 10) to a 5-4 victory over George Washington University (12-23, 5-7) in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Colonials, led by starter Faizon Choudhry (7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER), came back to take the second game, 6-1.
Cassidy got off to a bit of a bumpy start in game one, surrendering a run in the first inning when Colonial leadoff man Mickey Shupin scored on a Michael Parker ground out.
The Minutemen got their offense going in the fourth frame. Shortstop Lou Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.) led the inning off with a single and advanced all the way to third on an errant throw on a pick-off attempt. A single to left by Ryan Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) plated Proietti with the first UMass run and tied the score at one.
Some sloppy play got UMass in trouble in the top of the sixth inning. George Washington's first four batters of the inning all reached base without having a hit (2 HBP, BB, E). Three of those runners would go on to score, benefiting from another UMass error, to give GW a 4-1 lead.
The inning could have been worse however, if not for an amazing diving catch by centerfielder Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) on a ball driven deep to left-center with the bases loaded.
The Minutemen's big inning came in the eighth. With Jim Macdonald (Cheshire, Conn.) and Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.), who went 3-3 in the game, at second and third following a successful double steal, Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Colonial starter Scott Swinson's (3-5) control problems continued when he then plunked Rankin to push a run across and make it 4-2. Rightfielder Brian Baudinet (Watertown, Conn.) followed that up by chopping a groundball down the first baseline that was misplayed by the GW first baseman, scoring two runs and tying the ballgame. Travis Munsey (Durham, NH) put the Minutemen ahead by perfectly executing a suicide-squeeze that scored Garrity.
Adamski pitched a one-two-three ninth to earn his first save of the season.
UMass kept their momentum going in game two, striking first in the second frame. A Munsey two-out single drove in Bill Rankin, who had singled and advanced on an error.
The game would stay 1-0 until the fifth inning when UMass starter Mike Dicato (0-5; Winthrop, Mass.) got into his first trouble of the game. The Colonials scored four runs on two hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen in the inning. Aaron Smith (Westfield, Mass.) relieved Dicato and got UMass out of the inning with the score 4-1.
GW added a run in the sixth off Smith and another in the ninth off Mitchell Eilenberg (Brooklyn, NY) to close out the scoring.
The Minutemen are back on the diamond Tuesday when they travel to Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass. To take on the Huskies of Northeastern in the first round of the Beanpot Tournament. Umassathletics.com will be covering the action on Gametracker.
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