Minutemen Down Temple 14-3 In A-10 Baseball Action

Box Score

April 15, 2000

           123 456 7     R  H  E
UMass      220 223 3  -  14 16 1
Temple     000 210 0  -  3   6  3
Veracka and Morgan, Ellerbrook (7). G. Powell, M. Powell (6) and Roma. W - Veracka (3-2). L - G. Powell (4-4). 2B - Morgan (7), Boulanger 2 (3), Krusen (5). 3B - Gorneault (2). HR - Gorneault (5), Kulak (2), Cucinotta (7). SB - Skeffington 2 (15), Senez (8), G. Clark 2 (8), Roma (2).

PHILADELPHIA - Senior left-hander Travis Veracka (Stow, Mass.) threw his fourth straight complete game, scattering 6 hits and striking out seven while leading UMass to a 14-3 win over A-10 foe Temple on Saturday afternoon. UMass improves to 13-12 overall, 4-3 in the Atlantic 10. Temple drops to 12-20-2 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

After UMass scored two runs in the first inning, sophomore Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) blasted a Greg Powell offering over the wall for his second home run of the season, scoring senior Sean Skeffington (Fall River, Mass.) and giving the Minutemen a 4-0 lead.

With the Minutemen ahead 6-0 after three and a half innings, Temple's Robert Cucinotta broke up Veracka's no-hit bid with his seventh home run of the season. Cucinotta's two-run blast pulled the Owls to within four runs at 6-2.

UMass would go on to score eight more runs in the final three innings to put the owls away 14-3. Junior Nick Gorneault (Springfield, Mass.) hit his team-leading fifth homer of the season, a two-run blast, in the top of the sixth inning. Gorneault cleared the bases again in the seventh with a two-run triple. UMass' two through four hitters in the lineup, Kulak, Gorneault and sophomore Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.), combined for eight hits, 10 RBI's and six runs scored on the afternoon.

Veracka struck out the side looking in the seventh for his third win of the season. Greg Powell took the loss for the Owls, dropping to 4-4 on the year after giving up 11 runs on 13 Minutemen hits.

The second game of the doubleheader was rained out and will be made up tomorrow with a doubleheader against the Owls starting at noon in Philadelphia.




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