Baseball Cruises To Victory At Siena, 8-1
May 1, 2007
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The UMass Minutemen (16-18, 9-9 Atlantic 10) continued their winning ways as they rolled over the Siena Saints (7-29), 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Tim Comiskey (Great River, N.Y.) became the fourth consecutive Minuteman starter to earn a win. Seniors Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) and Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) powered the Maroon and White to victory, collecting five hits between them.
UMass set the tone early when sophomore Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.), who reached base for the 32nd straight game this season, scampered home from third base on a wild pitch.
With Tempesta on again in the third inning, Bryan Adamski drove a pitch over the left-field fence for a two run home run. The homer was Adamski's third, giving him the team lead over Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.) and Jim Macdonald (Chesire, Conn.).
Sloppy defense and solid execution of station-to-station baseball was the key for the the Minutemen in the fourth inning as they scored five more runs. UMass loaded the bases on three straight singles by Rankin, Mike Donato (East Hartford, Conn.) and Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.). The fourth batter of the inning, Lou Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.), knocked another single, driving in Rankin. With the sacks still full, Jim Cassidy (Medway, Mass.) was hit by an errant pitch, driving in a second run. UMass would tally two more runs on an error on a Tempesta fielder's choice, giving the Maroon and White four runs before an out was recorded. With four in, Adamski capped off the UMass scoring for the afternoon by driving in Tempesta on a groundout to third, running the score to 8-0.
The eight runs was all that starter Tim Comiskey needed to shut down the Saints. After some initial control problems in the first inning, he settled down to retire nine straight batters starting from the second to the fifth innings before hitting Gary DerHagopian with a pitch. The right-handed transfer scattered five hits and allowed only three runners to reach second base before the ninth inning, when Siena finally got on the board. Comiskey struck out four batters over his 8.2 innings of work and walked only two.
With the win against Siena, UMass wraps up its second longest road trip of the season with a stellar 5-1 record. The Minutemen have now won seven of their last nine.
The Maroon and White will return to Earl Lorden Field on Wednesday to take on New England rival Vermont. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. Fans who cannot make the game can listen live on UMassAthletics.com
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