Baseball Splits Twinbill With Temple
April 20, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) threw a two-hit shutout in his fourth-consecutive complete game as the University of Massachusetts baseball team split a doubleheader with Temple here at Earl Lorden Field on Saturday. UMass won the opener 5-0 before the Owls came back to win game two 6-0. The Minutemen are now 14-18 overall, 5-9 in Atlantic 10 play, while Temple remains a game ahead of UMass at 13-19, 6-8 in conference.
In the first game of the day, UMass jumped on Temple starter Matt Powell, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Freshman centerfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) led off the game with a single up the middle and senior rightfielder Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) followed with a bloop single to right. After an Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, junior designated hitter Tim Klett (Chicopee, Mass.) drove in Durepo with a sacrifice fly. Senez's sac bunt was his sixth of the season and the 21st of his career, moving him into fourth place on the school's all-time list.
With Minuteman starter Santos cruising through five, UMass expanded its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Junior catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.) led off the frame with a basehit, and third baseman John Seed (New Bedford, Mass.) reached on an error to set up the Minuteman rally. After Durepo drove in Ellerbrook with a ground out, Kulak doubled to right field to drive in Seed. Klett then followed with an RBI double to left and Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) singled home Klett to make the score 5-0. Santos struck out six, while allowing only two hits and one walk. He is now 5-1 on the season, 4-0 in A-10 series openers.
In the second game of the day, Temple rode a two-hit complete game by Brandon Bruno to a 6-0 win. The Owls took a 2-0 lead on a pair of hits in the top of the fifth before breaking the game open with four runs in the sixth. In the fifth, Temple loaded the bases with nobody out before UMass starter Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) nearly worked out jam. With two outs in the frame, John Quigley dropped a bloop single into right field to drive in a pair of runs. In the sixth, the Owls capitalized on three hits, a pair of walks and three wild pitches to score four times and put the game out of reach.
The Minutemen and Owls will finish their three-game series on Sunday, as the two teams face off in a single game at 12:00 noon. UMass will then make the short trip to Boston, where they will face Harvard in the second round of the Beanpot Baseball Classic at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
LINE SCORE Game One Temple 000 000 0 - 0 2 1 UMass 100 040 X - 5 6 0