Baseball Falls to Boston College at Beanpot, 7-5
April 16, 2002
BOSTON - The University of Massachusetts baseball team pounded out 13 hits, but dropped a 7-5 decision to Boston College in the opening round of the Beanpot Classic here at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, UMass falls to 12-17 on the season, while BC improves to 20-13 on the campaign.
UMass jumped on the scoreboard early, as junior designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) singled home centerfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) to give the Minutemen a 1-0 lead. Durepo led off the inning with a single to rightfield, was moved to second on a sacrifice by Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) and moved to third on a long fly out by Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.). Morgan's two-out RBI was his eighth run batted in in his last five games.
Boston College answered quickly in the bottom of the first, as first baseman Vinny Scavone blasted a two-out, two-run shot over the Green Monster in leftfield to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage after the first inning of play.
After a quiet second frame, UMass tied the contest at 2-2 in the third inning, when Senez doubled down the rightfield line to score Durepo from first base. BC then scored a run in the bottom of the third to regain the lead. Ryan Morgan followed a Josh DiScipio double with a two-bagger of his own to put the Eagles ahead 3-2. A Drew Locke single put runners at first and third with nobody out, but UMass starter Brandon White (Foster, R.I.) worked out of the jam as he got Brian Macchi to line to third and Scavone flew out to left. On Scavone's fly out it appeared that Morgan scored, but the Eagle was called out after an appeal to third base.
After BC took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, UMass pulled within a run in the top of the fifth as Durepo singled home Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.). It was Durepo's first RBI in seven games, and his sixth of the season.
In the bottom of the sixth, BC took advantage of a Durepo error in centerfield, as they plated two runs to take a 6-3 lead heading into the seventh frame. UMass scored a run in the seventh, capitalizing on a DiScipio error to make the score 6-3.
UMass scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, but BC quickly answered with a run of their own in the top of the eighth to regain the three-run advantage, 7-4.
The Minutemen will return to action on Wednesday, as they host Connecticut in 3:00 p.m. contest at Earl Lorden Field. UMass will then host Atlantic 10 Eastern Division foe Temple in a three-game series this weekend.
LINE SCORE UMass 101 011 101 - 5 13 3 BC 201 102 10X - 7 9 2