At Fenway, Minutemen Down Northeastern, 4-2
April 26, 2011
BOSTON - The UMass baseball team put up three runs in the top of the first to propel the squad to a 4-2 win over Northeastern in the Beanpot consolation game at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon. With the victory, the team's first over the Huskies in the tournament since 2000, the Minutemen improve to 13-21 on the season, while Northeastern falls to 12-25.
UMass capitalized on several miscues by the Huskies to begin the game with a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Anthony Serino opened the contest by reaching on an error and scored on an error as senior Peter Copa reached with two away. Junior Tom Conley followed with a single hit deep to the hole at shortstop, while senior Kyle Mulner plated the pair with a bizarre triple hit to shallow right field as two Northeastern players collided while going for the flare hit just beyond the first base bag.
The Minutemen added to their lead in the top of the third, pushing the score to 4-0. Senior Matt Gedman roped a leadoff double to deep center, went to third on a single down the left field line by Copa and scored on a double steal play.
After managing just two hits through the first five innings, the Huskies threatened to rally in the bottom of the sixth. Jon Leroux lofted a double to the wall in right, and John Putress followed with a single to right. Oliver Hart drove in Leroux with a single to shallow center with one away and Aaron Barbosa doubled to bring home Putress, setting up Northeastern with the tying runs in scoring position with two outs.
However, junior Joe Popielarczyk came in relief of starter Ben Hart and induced a ground ball to end the threat. He worked 2.1 shutout innings of relief without allowing a hit and struck out two. Hart earned the win (2-1) for UMass as he went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with five walks and six strikeouts. Junior Leif Sorenson pitched a scoreless ninth to collect his fifth save of the season and 10th of his UMass career, tying him with Scott Ratliff and Mitchell Eilenberg for the program record.
JT Ross suffered the loss for the Huskies and dropped to 0-5. He let up four runs, one earned, on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts, tossing 5.2 innings on the hill.
Gedman and Multner both finished with multiple hits for the Minutemen, each going 2-for-4, while Multner collected two RBI, as well. Hart was the lone Northeastern player to post a multi-hit outing, batting 2-for-4 with an RBI.
UMass will return to action this Friday, Apr. 29 when the squad will open an Atlantic 10 series against Charlotte at home on Earl Lorden Field at 3 p.m.