Baseball Falls To Harvard 8-7
April 23, 2003
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior second baseman Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) went four for five with a run batted in, a run scored and a stolen base, but it was not enough as the University of Massachusetts baseball team was defeated by Harvard 8-7 in the semifinals of the Beanpot Baseball Classic at Fenway Park. The Minutemen fall to 14-12 on the season with the loss, while Harvard improves to 13-17 with the win.
UMass led 6-4 heading into the ninth inning, when the Crimson rallied for four runs to take an 8-6 lead. Catcher Schuyler Mann and outfielder Lance Salsgiver both had RBI singles in the inning, while third baseman Josh Klimkiewicz added a sacrifice fly. The Minutemen came back to score a run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double by junior third baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.), then loaded the bases with only one out. But Harvard closer Barry Wahlberg was able to get a strikeout and a line drive to end the threat.
The Minutemen had built their lead with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Maumus had an RBI single in the inning, while senior catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.) and junior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) added RBI groundouts. UMass scored one more run in the fifth, when senior outfielder Matt Boulanger (Westfield, Mass.) doubled and scored on an RBI single by freshman outfielder Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.).
Righthander Morgan Brown earned the win for Harvard, allowing one run on three hits in two innings of relief. Sophomore lefthanded pitcher Scott Ratliff (Helendale, Calif.) took the loss for UMass, allowing four runs on four hits in 1/3 inning of work.
The Minutemen return to action tomorrow, April 24, when they will play in the Beanpot consolation game at Fenway Park at 2:00 p.m. UMass will face the loser of the Boston College-Northeastern game.
Harvard 8, Massachusetts 7 R H E Harvard (13-17) 101 010 104 - 8 17 2 Massachusetts (14-12) 000 510 001 - 7 13 1 HU: Jason Brown, Javier Castellanos (3), Wes Cosgriff (4), Morgan Brown (7), Barry Wahlberg (9) and Schuyler Mann. UM: Mike Crane, Scott Ratliff (9), Eric Chown (9) and Tom Ellerbrook. 2B: Bryan Hale (HU), Zak Farkes (HU), Rob Wheeler (HU), Jeff Altieri (UM), Matt Reynolds (UM), Matt Boulanger (UM). 3B: None. HR: None. Win: Morgan Brown (1-0). Loss: Scott Ratliff (0-1). Save: Barry Wahlberg (3).