Fordham Bests UMass Baseball, 12-5

Sophomore Andrew Grant struck out nine in his start against Fordham on Friday.

Sophomore Andrew Grant struck out nine in his start against Fordham on Friday.

May 3, 2013

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AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team closed a five-run deficit to one in the eighth, but Fordham responded with six in the top of the ninth to hand the Minutemen a 12-5 setback at Earl Lorden Field on Friday afternoon. Following the loss, UMass sits at 11-26 overall, 4-12 in the Atlantic 10, while the Rams improve to 17-30, 3-13 in the conference.

Fordham opened the scoring with the squad's first hit of the day in the top of the first. Following three straight two-out walks to Mike Mauri, Charles Galiano and Same Careccia, David Judisky put a 0-1 pitch over the fence in left center for a grand slam to give the Rams a four-run cushion.

Then in the top of the fourth, Fordham increased its advantage to 5-0. Brendan Maghini led off with a single to left, was sacrificed over to second and scored on a double down the left field line by Ian Edmiston with two away.

UMass took one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Vinny Scifo led off with a double to right center, advanced to third on a ground ball, and junior Rob McLam plated him with a two-out single up the middle.

The Rams then regained their five-run advantage, increasing the score to 6-1 in the top of the seventh. Mauri reached on an error, stole second and Ryan Phelan drove him in with a double to left center.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Minutemen pulled to within striking distance by scoring four runs on two hits and sending nine batters to the plate. A pair of walks to redshirt sophomore Adam Picard and junior Nik Campero, followed by sophomore Bryan Dionicio being hit by a pitch, set up consecutive one-out RBI singles by junior Kellen Pagel and freshman John Jennings. A bases loaded walk to Scifo forced in UMass' fourth run, while Pagel came home on a passed ball to cut the deficit to one at 6-5. Rich Anastasi entered from the bullpen for Fordham and worked out of the jam, though, inducing two pop ups to strand the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position for the Minutemen.

The Rams went on to put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth, capitalizing on a trio of UMass errors in the frame by scoring six runs on two hits to bring the tally to 12-5.

Sophomore Andrew Grant struck out nine in his start for the Minutemen but took the loss (2-5) as he allowed six runs, five earned, on five hits with four walks in seven innings on the hill. Joseph Charest picked up the win (2-8) for Fordham as he let up five runs, four earned, on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

McLam (2-for-5), Campero (2-for-4) and Scifo (2-for-3) all posted multi-hit efforts for UMass. Scifo registered a double for the Minutemen's lone extra base hit on the day, scored once and drove in one, as well.

Maghini (2-for-5) and Joseph Runco (2-for-6) combined for four of the Rams' eight hits. Maghini was one of three players to score a pair of runs for Fordham.

The teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, May 4, with game two of the weekend series slated for a 1 p.m. start.



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