Baseball Falls To LaSalle, 6-1
April 22, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Six shutout innings by starter Craig Muschko and four-run third inning were too much for The University of Massachusetts (13-16, 6-9 Atlantic 10) to overcome as it fell to LaSalle (14-20, 6-9) on Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Muschko (1-1) gave up only three hits, and didn't surrender his first until the fourth inning. Gerard Breslin pitched the final three frames for the Explorers to earn his seventh save. Freshman Jared Freni (Malden, Mass.) started on the mound for the Minutemen and took the loss, dropping his record to 1-3.
LaSalle's offense took advantage of some wildness by Freni in the third inning. After the leadoff batter was retired, the Explorers had six straight batters reach base (3 BB, 2 H, HBP) and scored four runs. Sophomore Mike Dicato (Winthrop, Mass.) came in to relieve Freni and got UMass out of the inning.
Dicato stayed in the ballgame for the Minutemen through the fifth inning, where he surrendered a run, making the score 5-0.
The UMass offense broke through in seventh with a two-out rally. After the first two batters were retired, Lou Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.) singled. He would advance to third on a throwing error by the Explorer third baseman on a groundball off the bat of Jim Cassidy (Medway, Mass.). Following an Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) hit-by-pitch, Proietti scored on a first-and-third delayed steal. Tempesta got in a rundown between first and second long enough for Proietti to cross the plate and make it a 5-1 game.
Mitchell Eilenberg (Brooklyn, NY) and Aaron Smith (Westfield, Mass.) combined to pitch the final four innings for UMass, giving up one run. That final LaSalle run came in the ninth, off Smith, to make it 6-1 and close out the scoring.
Proietti had the best day at the plate for UMass, going 2-5 and being the only Minuteman with multiple hits. Centerfielder Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) and Mike Donato (East Hartford, Conn.), who pinch-hit in the ninth, each had doubles. Franczek reached base twice, singling and getting hit by a pitch.
By getting hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, Adam Tempesta extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 29. That includes the 27 games he has played in this season and the final two games of 2006.
UMass left the bases loaded in the third inning and stranded two in both the fourth and seventh innings. For the game the Minutemen left 11 runners on base while the Explorers left 12.
The Minutemen hit the road on Tuesday, traveling to New Britain, Connecticut to play Central Connecticut State in a 3 p.m. game. On Wednesday UMass will travel to Boston, where it will play Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game at Fenway Park. That game is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast on WMUA 91.1 FM. Both Tuesday and Wednesday's games will be available on Gametracker at UMassathletics.com.
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