UMass Baseball Outslugs Quinnipiac, 11-8
May 1, 2013
HAMDEN, Conn. - In a game that saw both squads combine for a total of 34 hits, the UMass baseball team outslugged Quinnipiac, 11-8, on Wednesday afternoon at QU Baseball Field. The victory moves the Minutemen to 11-25, while the Bobcats fall to 10-30.
UMass opened the contest with a 3-0 lead after plating two in the second and one in the third. Junior Nik Campero and sophomore Jeff Cavanaro reached with singles to the outfield in the second and were driven in by a single from redshirt junior Ryan Cusick and a sacrifice fly from freshman John Jennings, respectively. Redshirt sophomore Adam Picard then followed with a solo home run to left in the top of the third, his fourth of the year.
However, Quinnipiac pulled level with one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Brian Ruditys reached with a one-out single and went all the way to third on a failed pickoff before scoring on a single up the middle by Jesse Ullrich for the Bobcats' first run of the game. Vincent Guglietti tied the score at 3-3 with one swing of the bat in the fifth, lofting a two-run homer over the fence in left.
The Minutemen responded by scoring five runs on three hits in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Bryan Dionicio started things off with his first career home run. Cavanaro walked, stole second and crossed the plate on Jennings' second double of the day. Following a walk to Cusick, senior Rich Graef ripped a two-run triple to center and came in on an error on the play, pushing the lead to 8-3.
The teams traded runs in the seventh. Picard walked and later scored on an error in the top half, while back-to-back doubles by Chris Migani and Guglietti gave the Quinnipiac their fourth run of the day in the bottom of the frame.
Junior Nick Sanford singled and scored on sacrifice fly by junior Kellen Pagel in the eighth to increase the margin to 10-4 before the Bobcats managed to climb back within reach in their next trip to the plate. Two home runs, a solo shot by Mike Blumenthal and a three-run blast by Scott Donaghue, closed the gap to 10-8.
UMass capped off the scoring with a run in the top of the ninth. Campero drew a one-out walk and later crossed the plate on an RBI single by Jennings.
Quinnipiac loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, bringing the potential tying run for the plate, but senior Jordan Pace ended the threat and collected the save (1). He worked 1.1 innings without allowing a run and let up three hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Senior Ron Wallace earned the win (2-1) for the Minutemen as he allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Kyle Musco took the loss (0-3) out of the bullpen for the Bobcats. He surrendered three runs on two hits and walked one.
Jennings led UMass at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, two doubles, three RBI and a run scored. Graef hit 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Guglietti and Donaghue both drove in three for Quinnipiac, finishing the day 3-for-4 and 2-for-4 at the plate, respectively.
The Minutemen will return to action on Friday, May 3, when the squad will open its final home Atlantic 10 series against Fordham at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.