Baseball Logs Program's 1,500th Win, 7-6 Over Northeastern
May 2, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team scored three in the first and never trailed in the contest en route to a 7-6 win over Northeastern at Earl Lorden Field on Wednesday afternoon. The win, which was the 1,500th in program history, moves the Minutemen to 17-16 on the season, while the Huskies drop to 17-23.
Redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick, the first batter of the game for UMass, was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error after sophomore Kyle Adie dropped a single into left. Junior Anthony Serino drove in Adie with a single through the right side and later crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by redshirt freshman Adam Picard after moving to third on a passed ball.
However, Northeastern managed to tie the score at three with a three-run top of the third. Oliver Hart led off the frame with a single up the middle and was brought in by an RBI double to left center off the bat of John Puttress. Matt Miller lined a single to right to bring in the squad's second run, while Puttress came home on an errant pickoff throw to first to level the score.
The Minutemen promptly climbed back on top, though, plating a run in their next turn at bat. Adie drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice, stole third and scored on an RBI single through the left side by senior Tom Conley.
UMass followed up by tacking on two in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 6-3. After sophomore Nik Campero drew a walk to start off the inning, a pair of Huskies' errors on bunt attempts loaded the bases. Campero came in on a ground ball by junior Rich Graef, while Cusick plated sophomore Dylan Begin with a sacrifice fly.
A four-pitch leadoff walk to Aaron Barbosa in the seventh led to the Huskies fourth run. Barbosa stole second and scored on an RBI double by Miller.
The Minutemen responded by expanding their lead back to three in the bottom of the inning. Serino drew a two-out walk and came home following back-to-back singles by Conley and Picard.
UMass' seventh run proved valuable as Northeastern threatened to make a comeback in the eighth. With Connor Lyons on first with two out, the Huskies tallied three consecutive singles to pull within one of the Minutemen, 7-6. However, with Miller lining the first pitch of his at bat into right, a diving catch by Adie preserved the UMass lead and ended the threat.
Senior Leif Sorenson retired all four batters he faced, striking out one to log his seventh save of the year, tying the program's single season record. Freshman Tim Stoops tossed three shutout innings of relief to earn the win (1-1), allowing just two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Matt Cook took the loss (1-5) for the Huskies. He allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings on the mound.
Seven Minutemen combined for the squad's eight hits, led by Conley's 2-for-4 afternoon. Picard drove in two, while Adie and Serino both scored twice.
Miller finished the contest 3-for-4 with two RBI for Northeastern and Jason Roth was 3-for-4 with a run scored.
UMass will be back in action this Friday, May 4, opening up a home series with Richmond at 3 p.m.