UMass Baseball Salvages Game 3 at St. Bonaventure, 5-4
April 28, 2002
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team salvaged the third game of its three-game series with Atlantic 10 Eastern Division leader St. Bonaventure, 5-4, at McGraw-Jennings Field on Sunday afternoon. With the win, UMass improves to 16-21 overall, 6-12 in A-10 action, while St. Bonaventure falls to 23-9, 11-6.
The Minutemen jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as junior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) singled home senior centerfielder Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) to make the score 1-0. Kulak led off the frame with a single, and on the next pitch he stole second and moved to third on an error by St. Bonaventure catcher Damian Blakeley. After St. Bonaventure starter Saul Solveson nearly worked out of the inning by getting the next two Minutemen swinging, Altieri scorched a single up the middle to drive in the run.
Massachusetts increased its lead to 2-0 with a run in the third, when Altieri drove in his second run of the afternoon. Freshman leftfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) and senior third baseman Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) began the inning with back-to-back singles, and Altieri grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Durepo to score.
In the fifth, an pair of St. Bonaventure errors and a passed ball allowed the Minutemen to plate two more runs, increasing their lead to 4-0. Kulak reached first on an error by Bonnie shortstop Eric Wilson to begin the inning. Senez then singled to left field and, after an error by third baseman Mike Tegeler, Kulak raced around third to score. On the next pitch, Senez scampered home on a passed ball to give the Minutemen a four-run lead.
UMass starter Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.), nearly untouchable for the first four innings, worked out of jams in both the fifth and six frames. In the seventh, St. Bonaventure's Dan Dennison capitalized on an opportunity, belting a homerun over the rightfield wall to make the score 4-3.
Doherty ran into trouble again in the eighth, but reliever Matt Boulanger (Westfield, Mass.) struck out Mike Sedor to get out the bases-loaded situation.
UMass added a run in the top of the ninth, making the score 5-3 on a Kulak RBI single. In the bottom of the ninth, St. Bonaventure scored once and had the game-tying run on third base when Boulanger struck out Kevin Ryan to end the game.
Doherty improves to 2-4 with the win, and Boulanger picked up the first save of his career. The first five hitters in UMass' lineup provided all nine Minuteman hits, with the first four batters each picking up two hits apiece.
Line Score UMass 5, St. Bonaventure 4 UMass (16-21, 6-12) 101 020 001 - 5 9 1 St. Bonaventure (23-9, 11-6) 000 000 301 - 4 9 6- UMass -