#25/26 Charlotte Tops UMass, 17-6 In Series Finale
May 1, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team led early for a third straight game against #25/26 Charlotte, but the 49ers scored in five straight innings to take the series finale, 17-6, on Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Following the setback, the Minutemen fall to 14-23 overall and 6-9 in the Atlantic 10, while Charlotte improves to 34-10 overall and 13-5 in the conference.
After 1.5 innings of scoreless play, UMass took a 1-0 lead as senior Kyle Multner began the bottom of the second by rocketing a pitch over the fence in left center for his fourth home run of the season.
However, the 49ers promptly tied the score and proceeded to climb on top with three runs in the top of the third. Miguel Rodriguez dropped a one-out single into left center and scored when the next batter, Justin Roland, came through with an RBI double. Justin Wilson followed with a double to left that plated Roland and later scored the team's third run on a two-out single to right by Tony Montalbano.
Charlotte proceeded to put the game out of reach by posting four runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and six in the sixth to build a 14-2 advantage. Ten of the 11 runs plated by the 49ers in that span came with two outs.
The Minutemen scored their second run of the afternoon in the bottom of the fifth as freshman Nick Sanford drew a one-out walk and later came in on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Eric Fredette. UMass plated four runs on four hits in the sixth, including a two-run single by freshman Nik Campero and RBI singles by junior Alex Fischer and sophomore Rich Graef to pull within 14-6. However, Charlotte responded by scoring three in their next turn at bat to bring its advantage back to double figures.
Sophomore Dennis Torres drew the start on the mound for the Minutemen and took the loss (2-4) as he allowed eight runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Barnette went five innings for the 49ers and logged the win (6-1) as he let up six runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Multner batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for UMass, while Campero was 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored once. Also collecting multiple hits for the Minutemen, Graef finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Pacing the Charlotte offense, Wilson went 4-for-6 at the plate and Montalbano was 3-for-5, both with four RBI and three runs scored apiece. Rodriguez chipped in with three RBI and two runs, going 3-for-5 at the dish.
UMass returns to action on Tuesday, May 3, as the squad will play host to Quinnipiac in its final home non-conference game of the season at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.