UMass Baseball Triumphs Over UConn, 5-4
April 29, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to overcome a 3-2 deficit on the way to a 5-4 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the win, the first over the Huskies since 2007, the Minutemen improve to 10-26 overall, while UConn falls to 21-23 on the year.
UMass began the contest with a 2-0 lead after scoring twice in the bottom of the second. Redshirt junior Adam Picard drew a leadoff walk, while sophomore Brandon Walsh, freshman Mike Geannelis and freshman Dylan Morris followed with three straight singles that yielded the pair of runs.
The Huskies responded, though, in their next trip to the plate. Blake Davey was hit by a pitch, Bobby Melley singled to center and Max McDowell drew a walk to load the bases for Nico Darras with no outs. Darras brought in Davey with a single to center, Melley came in on a sacrifice fly by Jon Testani and Vinny Siena plated McDowell with a single through the left side.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Minutemen took advantage of several defensive miscues by UConn to regain the advantage, 5-3. Morris led off with a single through the right side and sophomore Vinny Scifo followed with a walk. The next batter, redshirt junior Kyle Adie, legged out a bunt single and went to second on an errant throw to first that allowed both runners to come home. Adie later scored UMass' third run of the inning on a wild pitch as the Huskies were issuing an intentional walk to senior Dylan Begin.
Connecticut pulled within one in the top of the seventh. Jack Sundberg dropped a two-out single into left, stole second, went to third on an errant throw and scored on a double by Tom Verdi.
However, Walsh came on to pitch for the Minutemen in the eighth and worked two scoreless innings to preserve the win, earning his second save of the season. He allowed two hits and struck out two with no walks. Sophomore Evan Mackintosh picked up the victory (1-0) in relief for UMass. He let up one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts over three innings on the hill.
UConn starter Andrew Zapata tossed three innings and took the loss (3-2), allowing five runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Three Minutemen had multi-hit afternoons, contributing to UMass' total of 10 base knocks in the contest. Morris went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, Geannelis batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and senior Nick Sanford hit 2-for-4.
Darras led the Huskies with a 3-for-5 day at the plate and chipped in an RBI.
UMass will be back in action tomorrow, April 30, when the squad will play host to Quinnipiac at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.