Baseball Defeats Harvard 5-3 To Claim Third Place At Beanpot
April 23, 2002
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team scored three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead and freshman Neil Scheller allowed just one hit in the last two innings as the Minutemen claimed a 5-3 victory over Harvard here at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon. The seven-inning affair was the third-place game of the 2002 Beanpot Baseball Classic. With the win, UMass improves to 15-19 on the season, while Harvard falls to 12-19 on the year.
UMass jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, capitalizing on a Harvard mistake. Freshman centerfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) led off with an infield single, and second baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) followed with a bunt single. Durepo advanced to second on the bunt, and moved to third when Harvard first baseman Trey Hendricks mishandled the throw. Durepo scored when senior third baseman Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Harvard answered with a run in the bottom of the second, tying the score at 1-1. The Crimson began the inning with a pair of base hits, and the runners were moved to second and third on a sacrfice bunt. A Chaney Scheffield sacrifice fly scored one run, but UMass starter Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) struck out A.J. Solomine in a 10-pitch at-bat to strand a runner at third base.
Doherty worked out of another jam in the bottom of the fourth, retiring three straight after Harvard put runners on first and second with nobody out. In the top of the fifth, UMass took a 2-1 advantage as freshman rightfielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) blasted his second homerun of the season into the bullpen over the rightfield fence.
Doherty was relieved in the bottom of the fifth by Matt Boulanger (Westfield, Mass.), who allowed a pair of runs as Harvard took a 3-2 lead in the inning. The Crimson used three hits and a walk to score twice before Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) gunned down Hendricks as he tried to from second on a basehit.
In the sixth, UMass scored a trio of two-out runs to regain the lead, 5-3. After Stojanowski tripled off the leftfield wall, first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitnsville, Mass.) doubled down the leftfield line. After Kulak waked, designated hitter Tim Klett (Chicopee, Mass.) singled up the middle to drive in Altieri. On the next pitch, Klett was caught in a rundown between first and second that allowed Kulak to race home from third to give the Minutemen a two-run advantage.
Freshman reliever Neil Scheller (Westfield, Mass.) entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and, after allowing a pair of Harvard batters to reach base, retired the last two hitters of the inning to keep the Minuteman lead in tack. He then worked the seventh to pick up his second win in seven days.
UMass will now make the trip to to Olean, N.Y., next weekend to take on Atlantic 10 Eastern Division leader St. Bonaventure in a three-game series.
UMass 5, Harvard 3 UMass 100 013 0 - 5 6 2 Harvard 010 020 0 - 3 6 2 Harvard: Madhu Satyanarayana, Kenon Ronz (7) and Schuyler Mann. UMass: Keith Doherty, Matt Boulanger (5), Neil Scheller (6) and Tom Ellerbrook. DP - Harvard 1. E - Stojanowski (8), Seed (7), Carter (11), Hendricks (4). LOB - UMass 1, Harvard 7. 2B - Altieri (10), Hendricks (10). 3B - Stojanowski (2). HR - Twomley (2). SB - Kulak (6), Hale (6). CS - Klett (2), Twomley (1). SH - Seminara (1), Sheffield 2 (3). Win- Neil Scheller (2-0). Loss- Satyanarayana (1-3).