UMass Topped By Harvard, 3-0, In Beanpot Title Game
April 21, 2014
BROOKLINE, Mass. - Harvard scored once in the fourth and twice in the sixth to top UMass baseball in the Beanpot Championship game on Monday afternoon at Northeastern's Friedman Diamond. Following the loss, the Minutemen fall to 8-23 overall, while the Crimson improves to 11-24 on the year.
After three-and-a-half scoreless innings, Harvard took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the frame. Matt Hink legged out a weakly-hit ground ball up the middle for a single, stole second and came home on a double to center by Mitch Klug.
The Crimson then expanded the margin to 3-0 in the sixth, once again plating runs with two away. Ethan Ferreira was hit by a pitch, while Klug sent a two-out single up the middle. Steve Dill followed with a single to right that brought in Ferreira, while Klug scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch.
The Minutemen had just one runner reach third in the contest, redshirt junior Adam Picard's two-out triple in the top of the second. Senior Nik Campero had UMass' only other extra base hit of the day, a leadoff double in the ninth that extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Picard registered two of UMass' five hits on the afternoon, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
For Harvard, Klug finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Carlton Bailey hit 2-for-3 to contribute of the squad's total of eight hits.
Freshman Ryan Moloney took the loss (0-7) on the mound for UMass as he allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings of work. Greg Coman earned the win (1-1) for the Crimson. He limited the Minutemen to two hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings, while T.J. Laurisch tossed the remaining four to pick up the save (1) and let up three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
UMass will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, April 22, when the squad will play host to Connecticut at 3:00 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.