Baudinet's Bat Carries UMass To 14-13 Win Over GW
May 2, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Brian Baudinet had a career afternoon, setting a school record with four home runs and driving in seven, helping the UMass baseball team to a 14-13 victory in the rubber game of its Atlantic 10 series against George Washington on Sunday at Earl Lorden Field. With the win, the Minutemen take their fourth consecutive A-10 series and improve to 12-22, 9-9 in the conference. The Colonials fall to 23-21, 11-7 in A-10 play, following the loss.
UMass got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of back-to-back RBI singles by senior Mike Donato and Baudinet. The lead then ballooned to 7-0 as the Minutemen plated five more runs in their next turn at bat. Junior Eric Fredette brought in freshman Ryan Cusick with a sacrifice fly, Matt Gedman scored on an RBI single through the left side by Donato, while Baudinet followed up with his first long ball of the day, a two-run shot to center.
George Washington responded by cutting into their deficit with three runs on five hits in the top of the third. Three straight singles to begin the frame yielded the squad's first run. Then with one away, Chris Luick doubled in Robbie Haben and Chris Holland sent in Tom Zebroski with an infield hit. Following a walk to Brendon Kelliher that loaded the bases, the UMass infield turned its first of three clutch double plays on the afternoon to escape any further damage.
The Minutemen proceeded to extend their advantage back out to seven with a pair of home runs. Sophomore Tom Conley hit a solo shot with one down in the third. Then in the fourth, Baudinet once again followed a Donato single with a two-run home run, increasing the advantage to 10-3.
The Colonials chipped away at the UMass lead once again with a two-run fifth. Luick connected for a one-out homer to left and Kelliher knocked in Holland with an RBI single to center, trimming the margin to 10-5. The Minutemen kept George Washington from drawing any closer, however, with another double play ball hit by Stephen Oswald that ended the inning.
Baudinet, Conley and junior Peter Copa all hit solo homers in the bottom of the sixth to stretch the UMass advantage out to 13-5. Baudinet's marked his third of the contest, while Conley notched his second.
The runs proved to be significant as the Colonials came firing back with a five-run seventh. Luick scored on an RBI groundout by Kelliher, Curtis Eward plated Holland with a single to right and Haben drove a 0-1 pitch over the fence in left to close the gap to 13-10.
In the bottom of the eighth, Baudinet came through with what proved to be the deciding run of the afternoon. The Minutemen centerfielder crushed his school-record fourth home run off a fourth different George Washington pitcher for his fifth hit of the afternoon and seventh RBI.
With two out in the top of the ninth, the Colonials threatened to make a comeback as Ollie Mittag lined a bases-clearing double to the gap in left center that made it a one-run game at 14-13 with the tying run in scoring position.
Sophomore Leif Sorenson brought a quick end to the rally, however, throwing four pitches to log his second save of the series and fourth of the season for UMass. Senior Bryan Leigh registered the win (4-4), his fourth in his last four starts. Leigh worked six innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. George Washington starter Joe Richardson (5-4) took the loss. He surrendered eight runs, three earned, on eight hits and walked one.
Behind Baudinet's 5-for-5 performance, seven RBI, four homers and four runs scored, Donato contributed two RBI and scored three, going 3-for-5 on the afternoon. Conley finished 3-for-3 at the plate with two homers, two RBI and three runs scored.
Mittag and Haben knocked in three apiece for the Colonials, both finishing the day 2-for-4. Holland was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
UMass will next face Holy Cross at home on Tuesday, May 4. The contest is slated for a 3 p.m. start on Earl Lorden Field.