Baseball Drops Pair at St. Bonaventure
April 27, 2002
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team dropped a pair of games to Atlantic 10 Eastern Division leader St. Bonaventure here at McGraw-Jennings Field on Saturday afternoon. St. Bonaventure won the series-opener 6-1 before claiming the nightcap 15-6. With the losses, UMass falls to 15-21 overall, 5-12 in A-10 action. St. Bonaventure improves its record to 23-8, 11-5.
In the first game, UMass senior Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) tossed his sixth-consecutive complete game, but the Bonnies' six-run explosion with two outs in the fourth inning was enough for St. Bonaventure starter Kyle Johnson, who went the distance for his fifth win of the season. The Minutemen struck first in the contest, as senior centerfielder Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) raced home on a passed ball in the top of the third inning. The Bonnies answered in the bottom of the fourth as they scored six times on six hits with two outs in the inning. After a pair of singles put runners on the corners, Damian Blakeley doubled down the leftfield line to give St. Bonaventure the lead. A walk and another single make the score 3-1, and Greg Osganian blasted a three-run home run to finish the outburst.
In the second game, St. Bonaventure again capitalized on the big inning, scoring seven times in the third inning to take a commanding 8-2 lead. The Bonnies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but UMass answered with a two-run blast off the bat of Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) in the top of the third. St. Bonaventure began the bottom of third with three consecutive basehits off UMass starter Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.). After Chown was able to retire Kevin Ryan for the first out of the inning, Blakeley's bases-loaded RBI single gave the Bonnies a 3-2 advantage. After an error and strikeout, back-to-back singles chased Chown from the contest with the score 8-2. St. Bonaventure added four runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach at 12-2. UMass scored three times in the sixth and once in the seventh, but the Bonnies secured their lead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Minutemen return to action on Sunday as they finish the three-game series with St. Bonaventure at 12:00 noon. UMass will then travel to Vermont for a single contest with the Catamounts before hosting Harvard on Thursday at Earl Lorden Field. Game times for both mid-week games is set for 3:00 p.m.