Baseball Posts a Pair of Shutouts, 3-0, 10-0
April 17, 2004
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (12-10, 4-4 Atlantic 10) posted a pair of shutouts at Saint Joseph's this afternoon defeating the Hawks, 3-0 in Game 1, and 10-0 in Game 2. The Minutemen held Saint Joseph's to just eight hits on the day and will go for their first three-game sweep of the season on Sunday.
In Game 1, senior righty Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) earned his fourth complete game of the season and first complete game shutout of his career, holding the Hawks to just four hits and no walks while striking out five and facing the minimum three batters, four times on the afternoon. Chown (4-2, 3.12), who lowered his ERA more than 50-points in the process from 3.72 to 3.12, retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced, and picked up the 11th complete game of his career.
The UMass offense provided a pair of runs in the second inning as a Saint Joseph's error allowed junior left fielder Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) to score, and a one-out double by junior centerfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) made it 2-0, Minutemen. Sophomore catcher Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) led off the top of the third inning with a solo home run to left centerfield, his third of the year to round out the scoring.
In Game 2, sophomore righty Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.) was equally impressive as he tossed his second complete game of the season, his first complete game shutout of the season, and the third complete game shutout of his career. The Bay State native held the Hawks to just four hits as well while striking out seven and issuing one walk. Torra (4-2, 3.79) lowered his ERA almost a full point from 4.65 to 3.79 en route to his fourth win of the year.
Offensively, UMass manufactured a runs in the second, third and fourth innings, to hold a 3-0 lead at the end of the fourth frame. In the sixth, sophomore leftfielder Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) doubled home senior third baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.), while Durepo followed with an RBI-single up the middle plating Stojanowski, and handing the Minutemen a 5-0 lead, heading into the bottom of the sixth.
After Torra retired the Hawks 1-2-3 in the sixth, UMass busted out five runs in the top of the seventh to blow the game open. Five UMass runs scored courtesy of three hits and one SJU error. Following a bases loaded walk to score the first run, Szado singled through the right side plating senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.). Following a pair of outs, Durepo singled to the shortstop scoring Curreri, while freshman second baseman Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) banged a two-run single to centerfield plating Szado and senior first baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) to round out the UMass attack.
UMass baseball returns to action Sunday, Apr. 18, with game-three of the A-10 series. UMass will be looking for its first three-game sweep since May 3-4 of 2003, against Saint Bonaventure, and first three-game road sweep since Apr. 13-14 of 2003 at Fordham. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m., at Elmwood Park on Latshaw-McCarthy Field.
UMass Baseball Notes
* Chown has also won each of his last two starts, going the distance in each of them, while allowed just one earned run over his last three starts.
* Torra has struck out at least five batters in every game he has started this season (six) and including the end of last year, he has accomplished the feat in each his last nine collegiate starts.
* Torra has also allowed just six runs, all earned, over his last three starts (19.0 innings).
* Stojanowski went 3-for-3 in Game 1 including a triple and a run scored, and went 3-for-3 in Game 2 scoring two runs. He raised his batting average 64 points on the day, from .305 to a team-leading .369.
* With today's wins, UMass posted not only its third shutout of the season, but of the week. UMass defeated Connecticut, 3-0, on Apr. 14 in Storrs. The 2003 squad totaled three blankings the entire season.
* The 14th annual Baseball Beanpot Classic, originally scheduled to be played at Fenway Park, has been moved to Brockton's Campanelli Stadium. Massachusetts will square off against Northeastern in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 20. Boston College and Harvard are slated to meet in the second game, beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m.
The winner of each contest will advance to the championship game to be played at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, while the two remaining teams will meet in the consolation game beginning at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, as is parking at nearby Brockton High School. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.