Clegg Pitches Baseball To 3-0 Shutout Of Saint Joseph's For Coach Stone's 600th Win
April 17, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a masterful pitching performance by senior Mitchell Clegg, the UMass baseball team gave Head Coach Mike Stone his 600th career victory with a 3-0 shutout of Saint Joseph's on Friday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Stone is now 600-552-4 in his career that has spanned 27 seasons, 22 at UMass and five at Vermont (1983-87). With the win, the Minutemen improve to 12-19 on the year, 5-8 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks fall to 14-17 overall and 7-5 in conference play.
Clegg worked all nine innings for UMass to log his first career shutout as he scattered six hits, walked two and struck out seven to earn the victory (3-1). He became the first Minuteman to throw a nine-inning complete game shutout since Keith Doherty blanked Miami-Ohio, 4-0, on Mar. 14, 2005.
After having the leadoff man reach base only to be erased on a double play in two of the first three innings, UMass finally broke through for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Brian Baudinet reached on a ball that first baseman Brian Hartsell was unable to pick out of the dirt on an errant throw from third. Then the next batter, senior Jim Macdonald lofted a 3-1 pitch over the bushes in right center, giving the Minutemen a 2-0 lead.
Later in the bottom of the sixth, the squad added another run as senior Adam Tempesta singled to center, moved to third on a ball hit to right by Macdonald and crossed the plate as junior Mike Donato poked a one-out single through the left side of the infield.
The UMass defense helped preserve the shutout with great glove work behind Clegg in the ninth inning. After Dewey Oriente led off Saint Joseph's final turn at bat with a hard single into shallow center, senior Sam Boone made a diving stab at third to take away a sure double from David Valesente and record the first out of the inning. Then with two down and the tying run at the plate, Tempesta ranged to his right and scooped up a ball at the lip of the infield, tossing to first for the final out.
Randy Mower took the loss for the Hawks (4-4). He surrendered three runs, two earned, on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Macdonald, who belted his fourth home run of the season, finished the day a team-best 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Mike Plakis logged two of Saint Joseph's six hits, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, Apr. 18, for game two of the three-game series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Earl Lorden Field.
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