Minutemen Drop Game Two At St. Joe's, 11-5
April 14, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Unable to climb back from a 5-0 deficit, the UMass baseball team dropped game two of its series with Saint Joseph's 11-5 on Saturday afternoon. The setback leaves the Minutemen and 10-12 overall, 5-3 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks move to 15-20 overall and 6-2 in conference play with their seventh straight victory.
After two-and-a-half scoreless, Saint Joseph's took the lead with one swing of the bat. Following an infield single by Kevin Kratochwill and a hit batter in Greg Kumpel, Kevin Taylor lofted a three-run homer over the fence in right.
The Hawks then added two more in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of two-out RBI singles by Stefan Kancylarz and Lansing Veeder.
UMass plated its first run of the series in its next turn at bat. Junior Anthony Serino began the Minutemen's half of the sixth with a single up the middle and later crossed the plate on a two-out double to left center by sophomore Dylan Begin.
However in the bottom half of the inning, Saint Joseph's broke the game open with an RBI single through the left side by Taylor and a two-out, two-run single to center by Kancylarz, which increased the margin to 8-1.
The Minutemen took two of the runs back in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Nick Sanford sent a leadoff single back up the middle and redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick drove him in with a triple to the gap in left center. Cusick then came in for the team's third run of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly by freshman Jeff Cavanaro.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Hawks tacked on three more, though. Brian O'Keefe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, followed by a walk to Kancylarz that forced in a run. Anthony Cirillo then capped off the scoring for Saint Joseph's with a sacrifice fly to bring in Taylor.
UMass sent eight batters to the plate in the ninth and added the final two runs of the contest. Junior Rich Graef began the frame with a single up the middle, moved to third on a single to right by Cusick and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Brian Fracasso. Cusick later crossed the plate on a bases loaded walk to Begin.
Hawks' starter Alex Pracher collected the win (3-5). In seven innings, he let up three runs on seven hits, walked one and fanned four. Senior Glen Misho started on the mound for UMass and took the loss (1-3). He allowed five runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of work with one walk and six strikeouts.
Serino went 3-for-5 for the Minutemen with a run scored, while Cusick was 2-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice. Kumpel, Taylor and Kancylarz all finished the contest 3-for-4 to pace Saint Joseph's. Taylor and Kancylarz drove in four apiece, as well.
The teams will conclude the weekend series with game three set for tomorrow, Apr. 15, at noon.