Hart Pitches UMass Past Quinnipiac, 8-1
May 3, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a stellar pitching performance from junior Ben Hart, the UMass baseball team downed Quinnipiac, 8-1, on Tuesday afternoon in the squad's final non-conference game of the season at Earl Lorden Field. With the win, the Minutemen move to 15-23 on the year, while the Bobcats fall to 14-28.
UMass wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as sophomore Anthony Serino and senior Eric Fredette led off the Minutemen's half of the first with back-to-back singles. Senior Matt Gedman plated Serino with a sacrifice fly to left and Fredette came home on a double steal play, with senior Peter Copa being thrown out at second after reaching with a single.
Then in the bottom of the third, UMass increased its advantage to 5-0. Sophomore Rich Graef drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed over to second by Serino, moved to third on a infield single by Gedman and scored on ball hit back up the middle by Copa for a base hit. Gedman later crossed the plate on a passed ball and Copa scored on a wild pitch.
The Minutemen tacked on another pair of runs with three straight doubles by senior Kyle Multner, freshman Dylan Begin and freshman Josh Messier in the sixth. Then in the seventh, Multner plated Conley for UMass' final run with a triple to right center.
Quinnipiac spoiled the shutout, scoring its lone run with one out in the top of the ninth after singles by Chris Migani, Zak Palmer and Gabe Guerino.
Hart went the distance for the Minutemen and recorded his third win in as many starts to move to 3-1 on the season. He scattered 10 hits, only one for extra bases, and gave up the lone run after throwing 8.1 shutout innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Sixty two of his 88 pitches were thrown for strikes.
Taking the loss for the Bobcats, starter Derek Lamaccia (3-5) lasted just 2.2 innings in his outing and surrendered five runs on five hits and walked two.
For UMass, eight of nine members of the starting lineup tallied hits in the contest, while all nine reached base. Multner finished the day 2-for-3 with a double, triple an RBI and a run scored. Copa and Serino both went 2-for-4 at the plate with Copa contributing an RBI and scoring once, as well.
The Minutemen will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, May 4, traveling to Northeastern for a 3 p.m. match up with the Huskies.