Baseball Picks Up 6-4 Victory At URI
April 16, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. - After falling behind, 1-0, a four-run fourth inning lifted the UMass baseball team to a 6-4 victory over Rhode Island in the teams' series opener on Friday afternoon at Bill Beck Field. With the win, the Minutemen improve to 4-6 in Atlantic 10 play and 6-18 overall, while the Rams drop to 16-15 and 6-4 in conference play.
URI was first to score in the contest, taking a 1-0 lead with two down in the bottom of the third. Mike LeBel lofted a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left, his fifth home run of the season, to put the Rams on top.
UMass was quick to respond, however, as senior Mike Donato belted an answering long ball to lead off the team's next turn at bat. Senior Brian Baudinet followed with a double down the left field line and came home as junior Peter Copa roped an RBI triple to right center. Sophomore Alex Fischer drove in Copa with a one-out single to right, while freshman Ryan Cusick knocked in senior Mike Gedman for the squad's fourth run.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Zoey Angulo connected for the Rams' second two-out solo home run of the afternoon, bringing the score to 4-2.
Then in the top of the fifth, the Minutemen pushed their advantage back to three as Donato opened up the frame with a double to the left field corner and later scored on a passed ball.
URI notched its third run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth as Tom Coulombe doubled to left center with one away and came in on a line drive single up the middle by Angulo.
UMass then took the run back in the top of the seventh. Donato drew a one-out walk, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a successful double steal with sophomore Tom Conley at the plate.
Rhode Island threatened to rally after a pair of walks to Kenny Burns and LeBel brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. Oliver Palmer sent a single into left that brought in Burns. Then with two down, Coulombe reached on an error, loading the bases for Angulo. Angulo ripped a 2-1 pitch up the first base line, but Mike Gedman robbed him of an extra base hit with a diving catch to end the inning and preserve lead for the Minutemen.
Reaching double figures in strikeouts for the third time this season, junior Nick Serino logged the win (1-3) for UMass as he allowed four runs on eight hits with four walks and fanned 10 batters. Sophomore Leif Sorenson worked 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, surrendering one hit with no walks and three strikeouts to earn the save. Tim Boyce (1-3) took the loss for the Rams as he let up six runs, five earned, on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the mound.
In a balanced effort, eight Minutemen tallied at least one hit, paced by Donato (2-for-4) and Copa (2-for-3). Donato scored three, homered and registered his ninth double of the season.
Pacing URI, Angulo had three of the squad's nine hits, batting 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The teams are slated to play game two of the series, tomorrow, Apr. 17, at 1 p.m.
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