Baseball Falls To La Salle, 17-5
April 19, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The UMass baseball team opened the scoring with a run in the first inning, but La Salle put up the next 11 runs of the contest to defeat the Minutemen, 17-5 in the opening game of the teams' Atlantic 10 series on Friday afternoon at DeVincent Field. With the loss, that snaps the Minutemen's four-game winning streak, UMass falls to 9-19 overall, 3-7 in conference play, while the Explorers improve to 16-19 and 9-4 in the A-10.
However, La Salle responded by scoring five runs in the first, while three doubles in the second helped the Explorers increase their advantage to 8-1. An RBI single by Dan Klem in the third then made it a 9-1 margin and he later drove in the squad's 10th run with a double in the bottom of the fifth.
The Minutemen scored a pair of runs in the sixth, started by three consecutive singles from senior Rich Graef, McLam and Picard. Then in the seventh, redshirt junior Ryan Cusick plated freshman Ben Panunzio with a ground ball and McLam brought in freshman Vinny Scifo with a sacrifice fly that closed the gap to 11-5.
La Salle then capped off the scoring by sending 11 batters in the plate in a six-run bottom of the eighth.
Sophomore Andrew Grant took the loss (2-5) for UMass after allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings. Ryan Donohue collected the win (2-3) in his start for the Explorers and let up five runs on nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts over six innings on the hill.
McLam had a two of the Minutemen's 10 hits on the day to extend his reached base streak to 18 straight as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Picard finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and Panunzio was 2-for-3 and scored once.
Klem paced La Salle's offense with a 5-for-6 performance, three RBI and one run scored. Mark Williams contributed three RBI and scored twice for the Explorers, going 3-for-6 at the plate.
The teams will be back in action for game two tomorrow, Apr. 20, with first pitch set for 1 p.m.