Comeback Bid Falls Short As UMass Loses To BC, 5-4
April 16, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - After falling behind early, UMass baseball (11-15) scored four unanswered runs but its comeback bid fell short as the Minutemen lost to Boston College (19-18), 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Commander Shea Field. A day after the Minutemen defeated the Eagles, 4-3, in the Beanpot finals at Fenway Park, the teams met again, this time on the BC campus. John Leonard pitched 6 2/3 innings of nine hit, four run ball to earn the victory. Jared Freni (Malden, Mass.) allowed four runs on five hits in three innings of work to take the loss. Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.) drove in two UMass runs and scored another, while Brian Baudinet (Watertown, Conn.) and Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) each collected three hits. Mickey Wiswall and Garrett Smith drove in two runs apiece to lead the Eagles.
BC opened the scoring in the bottom of the third. Harry Darling led off the inning with a double and scored on a one-out single by Michael Belfiore. After a strike out for the second out, Eric Campbell walked to put runners at first and second. Wiswall then delivered with a triple down the right field line to score both runners and Smith followed with a single that scored Wiswall to give the Eagles an early 4-0 lead.
Monroy relieved Freni to start the fourth inning and ran into trouble in the fifth. A walk, single, and intentional walk loaded the bases for BC with one out. Smith's sacrifice fly to right field scored Belfiore with the Eagles' fifth run. Monroy then induced a fly out to escape with just the one run scoring.
UMass mounted a comeack in the seventh with the help of a defensive miscue. With two outs, Andy Tuetken (Smithfield, R.I.) reached on an error by the second baseman. Kyle Multner (Peabody, Mass.) followed with a single to score Tuetken and get the Minutemen on the scoreboard. Baudinet's base hit set the table for Franczek's two RBI double to left field. Tempesta made it four hits in a row for UMass with a run-scoring single to left that got the Minutemen back within a run, 5-4.
The Minutemen mounted an attempt to tie the game in the ninth. With two outs, Franczek reached base on an infield single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Tempesta followed that with a walk to give UMass men at first and second. Belfiore, who had come in to close in the ninth, was able to strike out Macdonald for the games final out.
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