Minutemen Pound Temple, 14-2
April 15, 2011
AMBLER, Pa. - Junior Glen Misho hurled a complete game while the UMass batters pounded out 15 hits en route to a 14-2 win over Temple on Friday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field. With the victory, the Minutemen improve to 10-15 overall, 4-3 in the Atlantic 10, while the Owls drop to 15-15 and 2-8 in the conference.
UMass struck early with a run in the top of the first. Sophomore Anthony Serino singled up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Eric Fredette. Matt Gedman plated the run by driving the ball back up the middle to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight games.
After being held off the board in its first trip to the plate, Temple managed to tie the score with two away in the second to tie things up at 1-1. Taylor Juran drove a one-out single through the right side and later crossed the plate on an RBI single to left by Byron McKoy.
The Minutemen went on to manufacture a second run to regain the lead in the top of the fourth, capitalizing on a pair of miscues by the Owls. Senior Peter Copa dropped a leadoff single into left, went to second on a ground ball and to third on a passed ball. Multner then picked up an RBI, reaching on an error with one out on a ground ball hit to Temple shortstop Adrian Perez.
Serino came up with a clutch two-out hit in the sixth to help UMass extend its advantage to 5-1. A walk to freshman Nick Sanford, sandwiched between infield singles by junior Tom Conley and sophomore Rich Graef, loaded the bases for Serino, who lofted a 1-0 pitch into the left field corner for a bases-clearing double.
The Minutemen then broke the game open with six runs on four hits the following inning to push their advantage to 11-1 and went on to score three more in the top of the ninth. Copa hit a two-run shot to left in UMass' last at bat for his team-leading eighth of the season.
The Owls, who entered the weekend as the NCAA leader in batting average, scored just once more in the contest, on a ground ball in the eighth.
Misho improved to 5-1 on the season with his second complete game of the year and limited Temple to two runs on 10 hits with no walks and two strikeouts, throwing 70 of his 110 pitches for strikes. Owls' starter Ben White took the loss (3-6) as he let up 10 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits, walked three and struck out five.
Graef paced the Minutemen at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance and registered two runs scored and an RBI. Conley (3-for-5) was also among the five UMass batters to register mutli-hit games and scored twice, while Serino finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Copa collected to RBI and scored three times, as well.
For Temple, McKoy recorded three of the squad's 10 hits, going 3-for-3 with an RBI.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 15, with the game time being moved to 10 a.m. due to impending rain.