Baseball Comes Up Short Against Vermont, 10-4
April 29, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team scored the final three runs of the game and loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but an early 7-0 deficit proved too much to overcome as the Minutemen fell to Vermont, 10-4, at Earl Lorden Field on Wednesday afternoon. UMass is now 16-22 on the season, while the Catamounts move to 13-25.
Vermont began the game by scoring in each of the first four innings. Mark Micowksi led off the contest with a walk and Tom Kelly plated him with a single through the left side in the top of the first. The next inning, Ethan Paquette roped a double into left center and later came in on a single to right by Micowski for the team's second run.
Then in the third, the Catamounts broke the game open with five runs on five hits. Jeff Nolet sent a two-run double into left center that brought home Justin Milo and Matt Duffy. Brad Currier drove in a pair as well, sending around Nolet and Paquette with a double to right. Soltis followed with the third RBI double of the frame to score Currier.
The Minutemen responded by pushing across a run in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Tom Conley started off with a double to right center and senior Adam Tempesta dribbled an RBI single up the middle to put UMass on the board.
However, Vermont followed up by tacking on two more runs in the fourth. Milo opened up UVM's turn at bat with an infield hit and came around to score on a double down the left field line by Duffy. Duffy, who moved to third on the throw home, added the team's ninth run of the afternoon after being awarded home on a balk.
In the top of the seventh, the Catamounts increased their advantage to 10-1. Corey Moylan knocked in Micowksi with a double to right center with one out in the frame.
UMass cut into Vermont's lead, plating two in its next trip to the plate. Sophomore Peter Copa and Conley were both hit by pitches, setting up a, two-out, two-run double by sophomore Kyle Multner that brought the score to 10-3.
The Minutemen threatened to make a late rally in the bottom of the ninth. Copa led off with a walk and sophomore Matt Gedman roped an RBI double to right center with two away, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Two straight four-pitch walks were issued to senior Sam Boone and Multner to load the bases, but Paquette retired Tempesta with a pop out in foul territory down the first base line to end the game.
Greg Lutton started on the mound for the Catamounts and picked up the victory (2-10) as he held UMass to one run on four hits over five innings pitched with no walks and one strikeout. Junior Jared Freni worked 2.1 innings in his start for the Minutemen and took the loss (1-3). He surrendered seven runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Paquette paced Vermont's offense has he was 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored. Nolet and Currier dove in two runs apiece.
For UMass, Multner and Tempesta combined for four of the team's seven hits. Multner finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Tempesta batted 2-for-5.
The Minutemen continue their homestand this Friday, May 1, with the first game of a three-game Atlantic 10 series against Saint Bonaventure at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.
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