CCSU Tops UMass Baseball 11-2
April 17, 2012
NEW BRITAIN, CONN. - The UMass baseball team was on the board first, but three two-out runs in the first and a big fifth inning helped Central Connecticut top the Minutemen 11-2 on Tuesday afternoon. With the setback, UMass falls to 11-13 overall, while the Blue Devils improve to 19-16, including a 12-4 mark at home.
The Minutemen managed to push across the first run of the contest in the top of the first. Junior Anthony Serino drew a four-pitch walk, moved to second on an attempted double steal and scored on a single to right by senior Tom Conley.
However in the bottom half of the inning, CCSU posted three runs after the first two batters were retired. JP Sportman tripled to right center and, following a walk to Dylan Delacruz, scored on a single to center by Anthony Turgeon. Delacrus and Turgeon later crossed the plate on a UMass error to put the Blue Devils on top, 3-1.
Delacruz had an RBI single in CCSU's next trip to the plate to bring in Jake Matuszak with two away and increase the margin to 4-1.
UMass pulled back to within two after scoring a run in the top of the third. Cusick walked, stole second, moved to third on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Serino.
The Blue Devils took the run back in the bottom of the fourth, though, as Sportman knocked in Matuszak with a single up the middle. Then, after two walks and a hit batter began CCSU's half of the fifth, the Blue Devils broke the game open with six runs on three hits to expand the advantage to 11-2.
Sophomore Ryan Lubreski took the loss (0-1) for UMass in his first start of the season. In 3.2 innings on the hill, Lubreski allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Reliever Mike Krukiel collected the win (1-0) for the Blue Devils after tossing 3.1 scoreless innings and scattering two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Cusick finished his day at the plate for the Minutemen 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases. His 17 steals are the most by a UMass player since Mike Athas swiped 18 bags in 2004.
Sportman (4-for-4) and Matuszak (3-for-5) combined for seven of CCSU's 12 hits and each drove in two. Matuszak scored three, as well.
The Minutemen will be back in action tomorrow afternoon in Lowell, Mass., facing Harvard for the 2012 Beanpot Championship at 4:30 p.m. at LeLacheur Park.