Baseball Drops Series Finale To La Salle, 6-2
April 21, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The UMass baseball team dropped the final game of its weekend series at La Salle, 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at DeVincent Field. Following the loss, the Minutemen fall to 9-21 overall, 3-9 in the Atlantic 10, while the Explorers improve to 18-19 on the season and 11-4 in conference action.
With the teams knotted up in a scoreless deadlock, La Salle struck for five runs with two down in the bottom of the fifth. A pair of bases loaded walks to Adam Baron and Kevin Conroy, followed by a three-run double off the bat of Justin Korenblatt staked the Explorers to a 5-0 lead.
UMass took one of the runs back in the top of the seventh and brought the potential tying run to the plate. With one away, redshirt junior Ryan Cusick singled up the middle, stole second and advanced to third on the errant throw. Senior Rich Graef drove him in with a single through the right side to put the Minutemen on the board. Then, following a fielder's choice and a pair of walks, the potential tying run came to the plate in junior Nik Campero. However, La Salle closer Pat Christensen entered and quelled the potential rally with a strikeout to end the inning.
The Explorers added their sixth run of the contest in the bottom of the eighth as Mark Williams reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch.
UMass capped off the scoring in the top of the ninth. Graef led off with a single down the left field line and scored on an error on a ball misplayed in the outfield.
Sophomore Conor LeBlanc started for the Minutemen and took the loss (0-4) after allowing five runs on four hits with five walks and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings on the hill. Shane Hollman earned the victory (3-3) for La Salle, pitching five shutout innings and scattering three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Christensen worked 2.1 innings and let up one unearned run on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts en route to the save (8).
Graef and Cusick combined for four of UMass' six hits, going 2-for-4 and 2-for-5, respectively. Korenblatt led the Explorers with three RBI.
The Minutemen will return to action on Tuesday, Apr. 23, when the squad will travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on Connecticut at 3 p.m.
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