Baseball Loses To Fordham, 4-3 and 14-9
April 24, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (13-14, 5-6 Atlantic 10) lost a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference games to Fordham (16-20-1, 7-7 Atlantic 10) this afternoon on Lorden Field. The Minutemen came up short in game one, 4-3, and lost game two 14-9.
Senior Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) pitched well in game one scattering eight hits over seven innings and earned his fifth complete game of the season. He allowed four runs, but only one earned, and also allowed just one walk. Chown (4-3, 2.86 ERA) retired the minimum three batters in each of the last three innings as he mowed down the last 10 batters he faced. The Bay State native needs just one more complete game to move into a six-way tie for eighth-place for the most complete games in school history, and has now allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts (23.0 innings).
As for the game, UMass and Fordham each put up a pair of runs in the first inning, with errors leading to all of the scoring on both sides. Fordham would plate a run in both the third and fourth innings highlighted by a double in the fourth frame by Fordham second baseman Drew Adler (Farmingville, N.Y.) to make it 4-2, Rams.
UMass tallied a run in the fifth with an RBI-ground out by senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.), but could not muster any additional offense, totaling six hits on the afternoon.
In game two, Fordham totaled opponent season-highs of 14 runs and 21 hits. Freshman third baseman Jordan Lert (Westport, Conn.) went 5-for-5 with five RBI and a pair of doubles to lead the offensive attack, while junior reliever Shingo Mitsumori (North Babylon, N.Y.) went the final three innings for the win, allowing just one hit.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, UMass scored six runs on six hits and took an 8-5 lead. Giving up two runs in the top of the seventh, the Minutemen got one back in the bottom half of the inning to make it, 9-7, UMass. Fordham answered again, this time with seven runs in the top of the sixth to put it away, as four other Fordham players finished the game with three hits each.
Junior leftfielder Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) provided a bit of a highlight in the fourth frame as he clubbed a two-run home run, his second of the season, down the rightfield line as part of UMass' six run attack. Junior centerfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) and junior rightfielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) each had two hits and an RBI in the contest as eight out of nine offensive starters recorded hits for the Minutemen.
The lone remaining highlight of the afternoon was the return of senior Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) to the lineup. Making his first start since getting injured on Mar. 28 at George Washington, Maumus recorded his first collegiate starts at first base and singled to lead off UMass' fourth inning rally.
UMass baseball returns to action tomorrow, Apr. 25, with a nine-inning game against Fordham. First pitch of the Atlantic 10 Conference game is slated for 12:00 p.m.