Minutemen Split Doubleheader With Rams
April 19, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior righthanded pitcher Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) tossed a complete game to pick up the victory in the opener, as the University of Massachusetts baseball team split a doubleheader with Rhode Island at Earl Lorden Field. The Minutemen won the first game 4-1, before the Rams came back to claim a 7-1 victory in game two. UMass now stands 13-11 overall and 7-4 in Atlantic 10 Conference play, while Rhode Island moves to 17-18 overall and 9-5 in the Atlantic 10.
In the first game, Rhode Island took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by outfielder Matt Sullivan, but would not score again. UMass put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first, then added two more in the bottom of the second to conclude the scoring. Junior third baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) and junior second baseman Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) both had RBI singles for the Minutemen, while senior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) drove in a run on a groundout. Chown picked up the win to improve his record to 4-2 on the year, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts.
In the second contest, the Rams scored unearned runs in the first and second inning, then increased their lead to 3-0 in the third on an RBI double by first baseman Dan Batz. The Minutemen put their lone run on the board in the bottom of the fourth, on a solo home run by senior designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.), before the Rams scored one more run in the fifth and three in the seventh. Outfielder D.J. Burns had a solo home run in the game for Rhode Island.
The Minutemen and the Rams will conclude their three-game series tomorrow, April 20, at 11:00 a.m.
Game One: Massachusetts 4, Rhode Island 1 R H E Rhode Island 100 000 0 - 1 5 3 Massachusetts 220 000 X - 4 5 0 URI: Reid Willett and Josh Nestor. UM: Eric Chown and Tom Ellerbrook. 2B: D.J. Burns (URI). 3B: None. HR: None. Win: Eric Chown (4-2). Loss: Reid Willett (3-4).
Game Two: Rhode Island 7, Massachusetts 1 R H E Rhode Island (17-18, 9-5 A-10) 111 010 3 - 7 8 0 Massachusetts (13-11, 7-4 A-10) 000 100 0 - 1 3 6 URI: Dan Frederick and Josh Nestor. UM: Keith Doherty, Anthony Gallo (7) and Tom Ellerbrook. 2B: Dan Batz (URI). 3B: None. HR: D.J. Burns (URI), Chris Morgan (UM). Win: Dan Frederick (5-2). Loss: Keith Doherty (2-3).