Baseball Sets Record, Topples Temple, 25-10
April 17, 2011
AMBLER, Pa. - The UMass baseball team scored in all nine innings, toppling Temple 25-10 on Sunday afternoon at Skip Wilson field to take the series, 2-1. Rebounding from a 10-9 extra-inning loss in game two, which was resumed after being suspended on Saturday, the Minutemen posted the highest runs total against an Atlantic 10 opponent in program history. UMass is now 11-16 overall and 5-4 in the conference, while the Owls drop to 16-16 overall and 3-9 in A-10 action.
The Minutemen pounded out 24 hits on the way to their record-setting run output, surpassing the previous mark of 24 at Richmond on March 22, 2009. UMass began the contest by scoring five in the top of the first, in part provided by RBI doubles from senior Peter Copa, junior Tom Conley and senior Kyle Multner.
Temple cut its deficit to two with a three-run bottom half of the frame as Steve Nikorak sent a two-run double into left center and Ben Flanary drove him in with a single to right center.
That was as close as the Owls managed to come, though, as the Minutemen followed up by plating four in each of its next two turns at bat. Multner hit a two-run homer to left that capped off the scoring in the second and UMass went on to send nine batters to the plate in the third.
After the Minutemen scored a run on an RBI single by senior Eric Fredette in the top of the fourth, Temple posted four in its next turn at bat to close the gap to 14-7, but UMass proceeded to put the game away by outscoring the Owls 6-0 over the next three innings.
Pitching 5.2 innings of relief for the Minutemen, senior Charlie Benson picked up the win (1-1) as he allowed four runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Nikorak took the loss (3-4) after giving up nine runs, eight earned, on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings on the hill.
All nine members of UMass' lineup tallied multiple hits in the contest and each scored at least one run with eight driving in two or more. Celebrating his birthday, Fredette went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, while Copa (3-for-5) and Conley (4-for-5) each contributed four RBI and scored three apiece. Senior Matt Gedman hit his fourth home run of the year and extended his hitting streak to 14 games, tying a career high.
Byron McKoy was the top hitter for Temple in the contest, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Game two of the series concluded on Sunday after being halted due to rain on Saturday with the score tied at nine, two out and a runner on second in the top of the ninth. Adrian Perez sent the game-winning single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the 10th that scored Cameron Green.
UMass began the contest with an 8-0 lead after scoring three in the first, two in the second and three in the third. However, the Owls rallied for five in the sixth and four in the seventh to overtake the Minutemen. UMass had just one run on six hits the rest of the way after touching up starter Brant Norlander for eight runs on seven hits in the first 2.2 innings.
The Minutemen next face Connecticut tomorrow, Monday, Apr. 18, at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.