UMass Hangs On To Beat La Salle, 6-5
April 20, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (10-16, 5-8) staved off a late La Salle (13-19, 5-8) rally to win their 10th game of the season, 6-5. Sophomore Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) reached base for the 25th straight game when he walked in the first inning, while senior Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) slugged the third Minutemen home run in the team's last two games. UMass was helped out by four La Salle errors, which led to UMass six runs, all unearned.
The Maroon and White were helped by a strong outing from senior ace Chris Lloyd (North Adams, Mass.) who tossed six innings and allowed five runs, four earned. Lloyd rebounded well after a rough game against George Washington to dominate the Explorers in the early going. The right-hander was helped out by excellent defense from his teammates, notably Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.) who made a spectacular sprawling stab at third to throw out La Salle's Billy Kern at first base, and Tempesta who made a handful of nice plays at second base.
UMass led the entire contest as they jumped out in front in the first inning and never looked back. The leadoff man Lou Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.) walked, then advanced to third after a wild throw by the catcher on a stolen base attempt. Two batters later, Adamski drove him in on a sacrifice fly to left.
The Minutemen blew the game open in the third inning. Tempesta initiated the scoring when he drove in Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) on a groundout to the shortstop. Adamski followed with his second round-tripper of the season to score Cassidy and extended the lead to four.
After La Salle clawed back with a run in the top of the fifth, UMass responded with two more unearned runs for their largest lead of the day.
In the seventh inning, La Salle bridged the game when they touched up Chris Lloyd for four runs before Adamski came on in relief to halt the La Salle rally.
After the seventh, Adamski cruised through the eighth and ninth innings to pick up his second save this season in addition to his home run and three RBI. Like his teammate Lloyd, Adamski was helped out by an outstanding diving catch by Jim Cassidy (Medway, Mass.) to end the eighth inning.
UMass and La Salle will resume the series at Noon on Saturday at Earl Lorden Field. Fans who cannot make the game can listen live to WMUA 91.1 or via the link on UMassAthletics.com.
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