Baseball Splits With St. Bonaventure
May. 1, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts (8-27, 3-11 A-10) took the first game of a doubleheader against the Bonnies (21-21, 5-11 A-10), 1-0, before falling in the second game 3-0 this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Sophomore Bill Rankin went 5-for-8 in the two games and scored the winnning run in the bottom of the seventh in game one.
Junior Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.) tossed his fifth complete game and second shutout of the season in picking up the win in game one. He allowed just two hits and struck out two while walking none.
Torra battled Bonnies pitcher Brian Pellegrini throughout the game, but the Minutemen finally pushed across the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh. Rankin started the rally with an infield single as a diving shortstop was too deep in the hole to make a throw to first. Rankin then stole second, and freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) singled through the left side, but Rankin was stopped at third with a drawn-in outfield. Senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) was intentionally walked for the fourth time of the game to load the bases, and then senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) scorched a grounder that the second baseman could not handle, and Rankin trotted home for the walk-off win.
In game two, left-handed pitcher Michael Proctor threw six innings for the Bonnies, scattering five hits to lead St. Bonaventure to a 3-0 win.
The Bonnies pushed across a run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth to seal the win. In the fourth, Kieran Malone led off with a single, and then Joe Rizzo walked. Matt Mardeusz bunted himself on to load the bases, and then Damian Blakeley flew out to left field and drove in Malone.
In the fifth, T.J. Pennino led the inning off with a walk and then stole second. Shane Sudbrook also drew a walk, and ball four got by Garrity which allowed Pennino to reach third. On the next play, Sudbrook took off for second and stopped in the middle of the basepath to get in a rundown, but the Minutemen tagged Sudbrook out and kept Pennino on third base. Jake New, however, came to bat and singled in Pennino.
In the sixth, Rizzo walked to start the inning and then reached second on a sacrifice bunt. Blakeley then hit a double down the left field line to put the Bonnies up 3-0.
In the two games, UMass and St. Bonaventure combined for only 17 hits, with just two of them going for extra bases.
The Minutemen will look to capture the series tomorrow in the finale set for 12:00 PM at Earl Lorden Field.