Baseball Earns Split at St. Joseph's
May 4, 2002
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Senior righthander Jesse Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) tossed an eight-inning complete game in game one, but picked up the loss in game two as the University of Massachusetts baseball team's game split a crucial Atlantic 10 doubleheader at St. Joseph's on Saturday afternoon. The Minutemen won the first contest 4-2 before falling in the second game by the same score. With the split, UMass moves its record to 18-22, 7-13 in conference play, while St. Joe's remains a game ahead with a 14-33-1 overall mark, and a 8-12 record in A-10 action.
In the first game, the teams went to the eighth inning knotted at 2-2, but UMass tallied a pair of runs in the top half of the inning to win the contest. A solo home run by senior centerfielder Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) opened the inning and sophomore second baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) later scored from third on a passed ball. Santos went the distance for the Minutemen, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out three and walking none. The 85-pitch effort was Santos' sixth-consecutive complete game as he moved is record to 7-2.
In game two, SJU plated three runs in the second inning off Santos, who started both ends of the doubleheader, and added an insurance run in the sixth to record the 4-2 win. The Minutemen took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Kulak doubled to lead off the contest and was driven in by senior Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.). St. Joe's answered in the second, as they put together four hits, including an RBI double by Jason Tarewicz, to take a 3-1 lead. UMass cut the margin to 3-2 in the fifth as rightfielder Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.) singled, stole second and scored on Stojanowski's RBI single.
UMass and St. Joseph's will conclude their three-game series with a nine-inning game on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 noon.
Line Score UMass 4, St. Joseph's 2 (Game 1) UMass 010 010 02 - 4 7 0 Saint Joseph's 001 010 00 - 2 4 3