Baseball Completes Sweep At Saint Joe's, 17-6
April 18, 2004
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (13-10, 5-4 Atlantic 10) completed a three-game sweep at Atlantic 10 foe Saint Joseph's (7-32, 2-10 Atlantic 10) this afternoon with a 17-6 victory at Elmwood Park on Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The Minutemen pounded out 18 hits and scored four runs in four different innings en route to their first three-game sweep of the season.
Scoring four runs in the third inning, UMass grabbed an early lead, and never trailed the entire weekend against the Hawks. A pair of UMass hits were aided by a pair of SJU errors accounting for the Minuteman scoring. In the fourth inning, UMass put up four additional runs courtesy of five hits, all singles, to lead 8-0, heading into the bottom of the fourth.
In the sixth inning, UMass threw up four more runs with four hits, this time a three-run home run by sophomore Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) highlighted the attack as he nailed his fourth home run of the season, and second in as many days. The blast came immediatly following a Saint Joseph's pitching change which brought in sophomore Jason Volker. Curreri chipped in a single in the seventh inning and rounded out his day with three runs scored and five RBI. It was the second five-RBI game Curreri has had this year, he also leads the team with 31 RBI on the year.
The Minutemen put up four more runs in the seventh inning using four hits and three SJU errors. Junior rightfielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.), senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) and senior third baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) each had three hits on the afternoon, while junior left fielder Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) and senior DH Sean Sarno (Stoneham, Mass.) each tallied two hits. Outside of Curreri's home run, Athas accounted for the only other UMass extra base hit, as the Minutemen totaled 16 singles on the afternoon. Ironically, senior third baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.), who went 6-for-6 in two games yesterday, was UMass' only starting position player not to record a hit.
On the mound, junior starting lefty Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) went five innings as he allowed just four hits and two runs, both earned, the first he's allowed this year. Doherty also earned his first win of the season.
With the win, the Minutemen also secured their first three-game sweep since May 3-4 of 2003, against Saint Bonaventure, and first three-game road sweep since Apr. 13-14 of 2003 at Fordham. The wins also boosted UMass' lead in the all-time series to 55-13 over the Hawks.
UMass baseball returns to action this Tuesday, Apr. 20 at 5:00 p.m. against Northeastern in the 14th annual Baseball Beanpot Classic. The game will be played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, Mass., and will be broadcast live online through www.umassathletics.com. In the second game on Tuesday, Boston College and Harvard square off beginning at 8:00 p.m., with winner of each contest advancing to the Beanpot Championship to be played at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 21 at Campanelli Stadium. The two remaining teams will meet in the consolation game beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Campanelli Stadium in located at 1 Lexington Avenue in Brockton, Mass., and is the minor league home of the Brockton Rox of the Northeast League. The stadium is located off Route 24 North, which is exit 7A off of I-495 South. Take exit 17A off of Route 24 onto RT-123 East (Belmont Street) and follow it approximately two miles. Campanelli Stadium is located on the right, adjacent to Brockton High School and across from the Brockton Fairgrounds. For additional stadium information please contact the Brockton Rox at (508) 559-7000. Admission is free, as is parking at nearby Brockton High School. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.