Baseball Blanked By Temple Again, 7-0
April 21, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Temple's Mike Caron tossed his third complete game of the season as he shutout the University of Massachusetts baseball team 7-0 in the rubber game of the series here at Earl Lorden Field on Sunday afternoon. The Minutemen fall to 14-19 overall, 5-10 in Atlantic 10 play, while Temple moves to 14-19, 7-8 in conference.
The game opened with a pair of nine-pitch innings, as UMass starter Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) and Caron each retired the opposition in order. In the top of the second, Temple's John Quigley led off the frame with a single up the middle, but was gunned down by junior catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.) as he tried to steal second. It was the 12th potential base stealer Ellerbrook has nabbed this season.
After the Minutemen squandered a lead off base hit by junior leftfielder Tim Klett (Chicopee, Mass.) in the bottom of the second, Temple struck for four runs with two outs in the top of the third. Owl third baseman Jerome Lopez benefited from the second life given to him after a misplayed foul pop nearly ended the inning, earning a walk later in the at-bat. Fred Hilliard then followed with an RBI triple just out of the reach of rightfielder Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) to drive home Lopez. Mike Weckenman then followed with an RBI single, and, after Joe Lyall singled to right, Quigley drove in a pair of runs with a double to right-center to give Temple a 4-0 advantage.
After Chown forced Lopez to ground into a sensational 6-4-3 double play, Kulak led off the bottom of the fourth with a double down the third base line, but he was stranded at third after Caron retired the next three Minuteman batters. In the top of the sixth, Quigley again led off with a base hit. Quigley moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt by Chown and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Roma. Sam Sabolchick then followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Quigley and extend the Temple advantage to 5-0.
The Minutemen wasted another scoring opportunity in the sixth, as they had runners at first and second with only one out. But Caron again worked out of the inning, forcing the next two batters to ground out. In the top of the eighth, Temple scored a pair of runs as they chased Chown from the game. A single by Lyall and a double by Quigley, his fourth hit of the afternoon, put runners at second and third with only one out. After a wild pitch by Chown allowed Lyall to score, reliver Neil Scheller (Westfield, Mass.) entered the game to face Roma. Roma's perfectly placed squeeze bunt allowed Quigley to score and make the score 7-0. Sabolchick then reached on an error, and Scott Ratliff (Helendale, Calif.) came in to record the last out of the inning.
UMass will now 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. First pitch of the seven-inning affair is slated for 11:00 a.m. The Minutemen will then travel to Olean, N.Y., next weekend to take on Atlantic 10 Eastern Division leader St. Bonaventure.
LINE SCORE Temple 004 001 020 - 7 9 1 UMass 000 000 000 - 0 4 3