Baseball Loses Series Finale To St. Bonaventure, 15-10
May. 2, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - St. Bonaventure (22-21, 6-11 A-10) took advantage of seven unearned runs in the top of the ninth to capture a 15-10 victory this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run in the bottom of the eight which gave the Minutemen a 9-8 lead at the time.
Twomley's homer is the 14th of the season, which ties him for second all time with Aaron Braunstein, who did it in 1997.
UMass started the game off hot by scoring eight runs in the first four innings. In the bottom of the first, sophomore Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) drove a ball over the center fielder with the bases loaded to give UMass a 3-0 lead.
In the second, sophomore Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) bunted home a run to increase the lead to four. The sacrifice is Rankin's 13th, which puts him one behind Cullan Maumus for the most in a single season.
In the fourth, senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) hit his second home run of the season to give UMass an 8-3 lead.
In the Bonnies' half of the fifth, Damian Blakeley started the inning off with a homer. Kieran Malone added two more runs with a double, and then Craig King tied the game at eight with a single.
The two teams traded outs until the bottom of the eighth when Twomley belted his 14th homer of the season over the right field wall.
In the top of the ninth, a fielding error allowed the inning to continue, and the Bonnies took advantage by scoring seven runs after the error, and took a 15-9 lead.
Sophomore Michael Weiner (Willington, Conn.) added a run in the ninth with a solo home run, his first of the season.
The Minutemen are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Siena to face the Saints in a non-conference tilt scheduled for 3:00 PM.