Pagel's Walk Off Lifts UMass Baseball Past Hartford In Extras
April 17, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Kellen Pagel picked up his first career RBI with a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th to lift the UMass baseball team to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Hartford on Wednesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The victory, which was the fourth straight for the Minutemen, moves the squad to 9-18 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 11-22.
Hartford was on the scoreboard first, opening the game with a run on three hits. Trey Stover led off the contest with a single to center and later crossed the plate on a double to the left field corner by Ryan Lukach.
UMass responded, though, with a run in the bottom of the inning. Junior Rob McLam reached with a bunt single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out double to deep center by redshirt sophomore Adam Picard.
Then in the bottom of the second, the Minutemen took a 2-1 lead. Junior Nik Campero began the frame with a single to right, was sacrificed over to second, went to third on a groundout and came home on an RBI single by freshman Vinny Scifo with two away.
However, the Hawks later pulled level with UMass in the top of the seventh. James Alfonso broke up a string of 14 straight retired by junior DJ Jauss by drawing a one-out walk and came in on a two-out single up the middle off the bat of Aaron Wilson that knotted things up at 2-2.
Wilson later scored the go-ahead run for Hartford in the top of the 10th after dropping a single into center and stealing second, which set up a RBI single to left by Brian Estevez.
Senior Rich Graef was retired for the first out in the bottom of the inning, but back-to-back singles from McLam and Picard, followed by a walk to junior Dylan Begin, brought sophomore Paul Yanakopulos to the plate with the bases loaded. On the second pitch of his at bat, Yanakopulos dropped down a bunt as the Minutemen successfully executed a suicide squeeze to tie the score at three. Pagel then stepped into the box with the bases loaded and ripped the ball down the left field line to bring in Picard for the winning run.
Senior Jordan Pace retired the one batter he faced out of the bullpen and earned the win (3-3). Jauss started for UMass and worked 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Hartford closer Jeremy Charles took the loss (1-1) as he surrendered two runs on four hits with one walk in one-third of an inning.
Pagel was 2-for-2 on the day, one of four Minutemen to log multiple hits on the afternoon, posting his third multi-hit game in the past four contests. McLam, Picard and Campero all hit 2-for-4 and combined to score all four UMass runs.
Wilson paced the Hawks with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, drove in one and scored once.
UMass will return to action on Friday, Apr. 19, when the squad will open up an Atlantic 10 series at La Salle with game one set for a 3 p.m. start.
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