Baseball Nipped By Quinnipiac, 7-3
April 27, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (13-16) was held to two hits this afternoon as Quinnipiac posted a 7-3 victory this afternoon on Lorden Field. Bobcats starter Chris Gresh went the distance allowing just one earned run for his first victory of the year.
UMass scored two runs in the first inning as a Quinnipiac error allowed senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) and junior rightfielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) to score. The Minutemen added to their lead in the third inning as senior third baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) lofted a sac fly to right field, plating Athas, to make it 3-0, UMass.
Quinnipiac answered with five runs in the top of the fourth inning using three hits including a pair of two-out, two-run doubles to highlight the rally. Third baseman Bryan Sabatella knocked the first two-out, two-bagger into right center, and following a hit batter, center fielder Tim Binkoski finished off the attack with a double down the left field line.
Heading into the bottom of the third, QU led 5-3, and that was all Gresh needed to finish the job. He rolled through the rest of the game retiring 20 in a row at one point from the third inning into the ninth.
For the Minutemen, Athas ended the game scoring two of UMass' three runs, while senior infielder Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) chipped in the other hit. Junior reliever Anthony Gallo (Peabody, Mass.) pitched well in his four innings of work as he scattered six hits allowing just one run.
With the loss, its sixth consecutive, UMass baseball suffered its first defeat at home to a non-conference opponent since Apr. 15, 2003. It is also the longest losing streak since a nine-game stretch Mar. 17 - Mar. 24, 2002. The Minutemen return to action on Thursday, Apr. 27 against in-state rival Boston College. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. on Lorden Field.