Popielarczyk Pitches Baseball Past St. Joe's, 3-2
April 15, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Behind 7.1 solid innings by starter Joe Popielarczyk, the UMass baseball team claimed a 3-2 victory over Saint Joseph's in the teams' Atlantic 10 series finale on Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Minutemen to 11-12 on the year and 6-3 in the A-10, while the Hawks' saw their streak of seven straight victories come to an end and now sit at 15-21 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
UMass started out with an early 1-0 lead after plating one with one hit in the top of the second. Redshirt freshman Adam Picard drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed over to second and scored on an RBI double to the fence in right by sophomore Dylan Begin.
The next inning, though, Saint Joseph's managed to tie the score at 1-1. Three straight two-out singles yielded the Hawks' first run of the contest. Anthony Cirillo singled through the left side and later crossed the plate on another single through the infield by Lansing Veeder.
The Minutemen pulled back in front in their next turn at bat, however. Picard reached on a two-base error to begin the frame and tagged up and went to third on a fly ball before coming in on an RBI single by junior Rich Graef.
UMass later pushed the advantage to 3-1 in the top of the eighth. Junior Anthony Serino drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a single through the right side by senior Tom Conley and scored on a ground ball by Picard.
The Hawks went on to close the gap back to one in the bottom half of the inning. Greg Kumpel legged out an infield single and Kevin Taylor drove him in with a double to the fence in center.
Senior Leif Sorenson entered with one out in the eighth and quelled the would-be rally to pick up his fifth save of the season. He threw 1.2 hitless, walked one and struck out one. Popielarczyk moved to 3-0 with the win and let up two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Saint Joseph's starter Jordan Carter took the loss (0-4) after throwing 3.2 innings and surrendering two runs, one earned, on seven hits and walking two.
Taylor was the lone Hawks' player to finish the day with multiple hits as he batted 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Tuesday, Apr. 17, playing host to Central Connecticut State at 3 p.m.