UMass Baseball Falls To UConn, 8-5
April 22, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass baseball held an early 2-0 lead, but was unable to hold off Connecticut as the squad fell 8-5 to the Huskies at Earl Lorden Field on Tuesday afternoon. The loss leaves the Minutemen at 8-24 on the season, while UConn moves to 20-19.
UMass took advantage of a pair of Connecticut miscues in the opening frame to get on the board first. Seniors Nik Campero and Dylan Begin both reached on errors with two away, while redshirt junior Adam Picard followed with a two-run single up the middle to put the Minutemen in front.
In the top of the third, though, the Huskies plated three with two outs to pull in front, 3-2. Tom Verdi singled down the left field line, Bryan Daniello was hit by a pitch and Blake Dave knocked an RBI single up the middle to score Verdi. Bobby Melley brought in the next two UConn runs with a double to left center.
Connecticut increased its advantage to 6-2 with a three-run fifth. Callahan Brown drew a leadoff walk and scored on a one-out single by Daniello. Davey then sent a two-run homer over the fence in right.
The Minutemen closed the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie started things off with a walk and Campero drove him in with a double to left center. After moving to third on a ground ball, Campero scored the team's fourth run on a passed ball.
The Huskies took the runs right back, though, pushing the score to 8-4. After Davey and Melley reached with a walk and a single, respectively, Ryan Sullivan singled to left to load the bases for Max McDowell. McDowell doubled down the left field line to bring in Davey and Melley.
UMass brought the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Patrick Ruotolo worked out of the bases loaded, no outs jam with three strikeouts. Picard then led off the eighth with a solo home run to center to cap off the scoring.
Tim Cassidy took the loss (0-1) in his start for the Minutemen as he worked 4.1 innings and allowed six runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Callahan Brown picked up the win (1-0) for Connecticut as he pitched 5.1 innings and surrendered four runs, two earned, on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. David Mahoney recorded the final four outs of the contest, allowing one hit, and collected the save (4).
Picard was the lone UMass player to log multiple hits on the afternoon, going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored. Campero was 1-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice.
Davey paced UConn with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, three RBI and three runs scored. Melley hit 2-or-3 with two RBI and scored once.
UMass will be back in action this Friday, April 25, when the squad will open a three-game Atlantic 10 series at Fordham at 3:30 p.m.