Baseball Drops Game One At Fordham, 10-5
April 25, 2014
BRONX, N.Y. - The UMass baseball team held an early 4-0 lead, but a five-run eighth from Fordham proved to be the squad's undoing in a 10-5 setback to the Rams at Houlihan Park on Friday afternoon. Following the loss, the Minutemen fall to 8-25 overall, 6-10 in the Atlantic 10, while Fordham moves to 18-22 on the season and 8-8 in conference play.
A pair of RBI triples gave UMass a 2-0 lead through the first three innings. Redshirt junior Adam Picard sent a one-out single through the left side and sophomore Brandon Walsh drove him in with a triple to right in the top of the second. Then in the top of the third, sophomore Vinny Scifo reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a triple to right center by redshirt junior Kyle Adie.
The Minutemen had two more runs come across in the fourth. After Picard struck out, but reached on a wild pitch and Walsh and freshman Jon Avallone singled to load the bases, another wild pitch allowed a pair to come home.
However, the Rams pulled to within one with three runs on four straight hits and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. David Judisky and Matthew Kozuch began the rally with singles then Luke Stampfl and Jason Lundy followed with an RBI double and an RBI single, respectively. Mark Donadio brought in Sampfl with a sacrifice fly that closed the gap to 4-3.
Fordham followed up by taking a 5-4 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. Charles Galiano reached on an error with one away, while Rob McCunney was hit by a pitch. Galiano scored on the second UMass error of the frame and McCunney crossed the plate on an RBI single to center by Stampfl.
The Minutemen tied the score at five in the top of the eighth as sophomore John Jennings drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI double by Walsh.
In the bottom half of the inning, though, the Rams broke the game open with five runs on three hits, including a bases-clearing double by Stampfl.
Freshman Mike Geannelis took the loss (2-3) in relief for UMass as he allowed six runs, four earned, on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts. J.C. Porter earned the win (3-4) for Fordham, working 1.2 hitless innings out of the bullpen with no walks and one strikeout.
Walsh logged three of the Minutemen's six hits in the contest as he went 3-for-3 with a walk and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He also recorded two RBI and a run scored. Picard hit 1-for-3 and scored twice.
Stampfl paced Fordham with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate to go along with five RBI and one run scored.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow, April 26, with game two of the series set for a 7 p.m. start.