Minutemen Dropped By Siena, 7-5
May 4, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (14-20) lost to Siena (23-21) this afternoon by the score of 7-5, in non-conference action on Lorden Field. UMass sophomore catcher Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored including a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He now ranks second on the squad with six dingers for the year, and leads the team with 42 RBI.
Siena scored scored in the first inning as UMass junior starter Mike Crane (Braintree, Mass.) gave up a home run with the first pitch of the game to senior second baseman Kevin Roberts. The solo shot marked the second consecutive home game UMass has allowed a homer on the first pitch of the afternoon.
The Saints, who led the entire game, tacked on a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to post a 4-0 advantage. But UMass came back with two in the bottom of the sixth on Curreri's one-out rocket to right centerfield, to cut it to 4-2. Siena added an unearned run in the seventh courtesy a UMass error that extended the frame.
The Minutemen put up two additional runs in the eighth inning thanks to a Siena error and an RBI by senior first baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) to make it 5-4, Saints. But Siena responded with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth including what proved to be the game-winner.
UMass rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) singled down the rightfield line, and following a walk to senior second baseman Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.), Athas scored on a two-run double down the leftfield line by Curreri. Siena closer Josh Courage finally finished off the game as he fanned Reynolds on three pitches.
Josh Burnett earned the win for the Siena to improve to 4-3, while Courage picked up his seventh save of the season. Crane took the loss to drop to 0-4 on the year.
UMass baseball returns to action this Thursday, May 6, as it travels to Northeastern. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. on Friedman Diamond in Brookline, Mass.