UMass Baseball Splits Final Two Games At Fordham
April 27, 2014
BRONX, N.Y. - The UMass baseball team took the final game of its series at Fordham, 4-1, after suffering a 5-3 setback in game two, which was suspended on Saturday in the seventh inning and resumed on Sunday afternoon. Overall, the Minutemen are now 9-26 on the year, 7-11 in the Atlantic 10, while the Rams sit at 19-23 on the season and 9-9 in conference play.
UMass began the series finale by taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Senior Dylan Begin led off with a double down the left field line and scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore Brandon Walsh.
However, Fordham tied the score with back-to-back doubles in the bottom half of the frame as Matthew Cianci traded places with Matthew Kozuch.
The Minutemen regained the advantage in the sixth as senior Nick Sanford opened up the inning with a single to center, was sacrificed over to second and crossed the plate on an RBI single by Begin.
UMass then added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie dropped a two-out single into right field, stole second and came home on an RBI single by Sanford. Following an infield hit by senior Nik Campero, Begin drove in Sanford with UMass' fourth straight single to increase the margin to 4-1.
That was all the Minutemen would need as junior Andrew Grant tossed a complete game to improve to 2-1 on the season. He let up just one run on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Tim Swatek took the loss (4-3) for Fordham, surrendering four runs on 12 hits with no walks and four strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Begin was one of four Minutemen to record multiple hits in the contest, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. Sanford finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice.
In the 5-3 setback that began on Saturday evening, UMass plated a run in the top of the first on two-out RBI single by sophomore John Jennings, but the Rams countered with a pair of runs in the bottom half. Doubles by Mark Donadio and Joseph Runco to open up Fordham's turn at bat, followed by a Tim Swatek sacrifice fly, gave the Rams a 2-1 edge.
The Minutemen scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second to regain the lead, 3-2. Walsh and freshman Jon Avallone, who reached with a leadoff single and a fielder's choice sacrifice, respectively, both came home on a two-out RBI single by Adie.
However, Fordham answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the second to overtake UMass, 4-3. A leadoff single by David Judisky and a pair of one-out walks to Jason Stampfl and Jason Lundy loaded the bases for Donadio, who drove in Judisky with an infield hit. A bases loaded walk by Runco forced in the go-ahead run.
The Rams added the final run of the contest in the bottom of the seventh as Swatek doubled home Runco.
Senior Aaron Plunkett took the loss (0-6) for the Minutemen, allowing four runs on five hits over five innings on the mound with four walks and two strikeouts. Brett Kennedy collected the win (4-6) for Fordham. He let up three runs, one earned, on six hits over six innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. J.C. Porter picked up a save (2) after tossing 2.2 hitless innings of relief with one walk and one strikeout.
Adie logged three of UMass' eight hits in the contest, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. The top-three in the Rams' order, Donadio (3-for-5), Runco (3-for-4) and Swatek (2-for-3), combined for eight of Fordham's 10 hits. Runco drove in two and scored twice, while Swatek logged a pair of RBI as well.
The Minutemen will be back in action when the squad opens a nine-game homestand vs. Connecticut on Tuesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.