Minutemen Take Down Central Connecticut, 8-3
April 19, 2011
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Behind a strong first start of the season by junior Ben Hart and six runs in the first three innings, the UMass baseball team defeated Central Connecticut, 8-3 on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Minutemen improve to 12-17 overall, while the Blue Devils fall to 17-14-1 on the season.
The Minutemen followed up with two more with two away in the second. Freshman Nik Campero drew a one-out walk and crossed the plate on an RBI double by sophomore Rich Graef. Serino then plated Graef with a single to right.
UMass pushed its advantage to 6-0 with a three-run fourth. Gedman began the frame with a single up the middle and junior Tom Conley knocked him in with a triple to center. Senior Kyle Multner came through with the third straight hit of the inning, a double down the left field line that brought home Conley, and crossed the plate on an RBI double to left center by Campero.
Central Connecticut climbed back to within 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth as Mitch Wells drew a leadoff walk and Pat Epps followed with a two-run homer to left. The Blue Devils later closed the gap to three in the bottom of the eighth. Sean Miller-Jones reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on a ground ball by Wells.
The Minutemen added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Graef started things off with a single through the right side and was forced in when Conley drew a bases loaded walk. Serino, who reached with a walk, came in for the final run of the contest on a sacrifice fly by Multner.
Hart collected the win (1-1) for UMass as he tossed eight innings and scattered three runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Donny Crook suffered the loss (1-1) for the Blue Devils, letting up three runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings on the mound.
Serino was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Minutemen and Graef went 3-for-4, both with an RBI and two runs scored. Conley batted 2-for-4 with two driven in and a run scored, while Gedman hit 2-for-4, scored once and registered one RBI.
UMass will conclude its stretch of six games in six days with the first round of the Beanpot tomorrow, Apr. 20, against Harvard at Northeastern. First pitch is slated for approximately 4 p.m.