UMass Downs Fordham 5-3 In A-10 Baseball Action
April 23, 2000
123 456 789 R H E Fordham 000 010 200 - 3 9 2 UMass 000 120 02x - 5 4 0Monatano and Checkmayan. Hourigan, Samolewicz (6), Santos (6), Washenko (7), Skirkanich (7) and Morgan. W - Skirkanich (3-2). L - Montano (1-3). 2B - Kingsbury. 3B - Gorneault (3). SB - Cisco, Sun, Colonna, Volosin, Checkmayan, C. Clark (4). CS - Skeffinton (4).
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eight inning with his fifth home run of the season, leading UMass to a 5-3 win over Fordham on Easter Sunday at Earl Lorden Field. The Minutemen improved to 16-15-1, 6-5-1 in the Atlantic 10. The Rams now stand at 12-23 overall, 2-10 in the conference.
The Minutemen took advantage of two errors in the bottom of the fourth inning by Ram shortstop Tim Boyle, taking a 1-0 lead. Senior Kevin O'Connell (Hartland, Vt.) reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on the overthrow. O'Connell then scored from second with two outs on another throwing error by Boyle.
After the Rams tied the game at one apiece, UMass took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) walk, junior Nick Gorneault (Springfield, Mass.) ripped a triple to the left-center gap, scoring Kulak on the play. Gorneault then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Minutemen a 3-1 lead.
Fordham tied the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning. After a hit batsman and a double by Bob Kingsbury, first baseman James Cisco doubled to right-center, plating two runs to knot the game at three.
Morgan launched the first pitch of the UMass half of the eighth inning over the right-center field fence, giving the Minutemen a 4-3 lead. Junior Gavin Clark (Springfield, Mass.) hit a single through the left side of the infield with two outs, scoring his brother Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.) for the fifth UMass run.
Junior Nick Skirkanich (Chesire, Conn.) picked up the win in relief, retiring all eight batters he faced in two and two-thirds innings. Mike Montano went the distance for the Rams, giving up four earned runs on four hits and seven walks.
UMass will travel to Pawtucket, R.I. tomorrow to face Boston College in the opening round of the Beanpot Tournament. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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