Baseball Scores Six Runs In The Eighth To Take 12-9 Victory Over Saint Joseph's
April 17, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts (5-21, 1-8 A-10) took the third game of a three-game series, 12-9, over Saint Joseph's (9-23, 5-4 A-10) this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The Minutemen used a six-run eighth to capture the victory. Sophomore Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) hit his first-career home run in the first inning and totaled five RBI on the day.
Adamski went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, while junior Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) and sophomore Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) both went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Freshman Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.) went 2-for-2, with both of his hits coming in the six-run eighth as a pinch hitter.
UMass wasted no time and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Durepo and Rankin both singled to start the game. A balk allowed both runners to advance a base, and then Twomley walked to load the bases. Szado flew out to center field and plated Durepo, and then Adamski launched a homer to left field, clearing the bases. Freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) reached on an error and then advanced to second on a groundout. Freshman Zach Thomas (East Haddam, Conn.) singled to left to drive in the final run of the inning.
The Hawks answered in the top of the fourth with a run of their own. Kevin Walsh led off the inning with a walk. After a hit batsman, Mike Davis drove a double to right field and made the score 5-1.
The Minutemen responded in their half of the fourth to regain a five-run lead. Sophomore Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) led off the inning with a hit batsman, and sophomore Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) singled down the right field line. Durepo then cracked a double down the line to increase the lead to 6-1.
In the sixth, inning, Saint Joseph's tied the game with five unearned runs. Matt Godusky led off and was able to reach on an error. Rob Pimpinella singled through the left side, and then Mike Davis was able to reach on an error which scored Godusky. Andrew Heineman was hit by a pitch, and then a dropped fly ball plated another run. Two more singles and a double play in the inning all scored runs and allowed the Hawks to climb back into the game.
The Minutemen took control of the game when they scored six runs in the bottom of the eigth. Franczek led off the inning with a single up the middle. Santos grounded into a 1-6-3 double play on the next play. Three consecutive singles gave UMass its first run of the inning. Senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) walked to load the bases, and then Adamski singled through the left side, plating two more runs. Garrity reached on an infield single, and then Weiner singled up the middle to score two more, making the game 12-8 at that point.
The Hawks pushed across a run in the seventh, eigth, and ninth, but the six-run eighth lifted UMass to its victory.
Sophomore Chris Lloyd (North Adams, Mass.) picked up the win, going 2.1 innings and allowing two runs.
The Minutemen are back in action on Wednesday and Thursday in the annual Beanpot. They travel to Lowell on Wednesday to take on Harvard at 2:00 PM at LeLaucher Field, home of the Lowell Spinners. On Thursday, the Minutemen will face either Boston College or Northeastern at Fenway Park. The games are scheduled for 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.