Minutemen Edge Richmond 3-1 For 10th A-10 Win
May 4, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team worked out of three bases loaded jams and scratched out three runs on seven hits to claim a 3-1 victory over Richmond on Friday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Taking game one of the weekend series, the Minutemen improve to 18-16 overall, 10-6 in A-10 play, while the Spiders fall to 21-21, 8-8 in conference action.
After three-and-a-half scoreless innings, the Minutemen pushed across a run to climb on top, 1-0. With what was just the squad's second hit of the afternoon, junior Anthony Serino legged out an infield single and advanced on an errant throw to first. Then, with two away and Serino on third courtesy of a passed ball, sophomore Dylan Begin dropped an RBI single into shallow center to bring in the run.
UMass then added its second of the contest after starter Dennis Torres pitched around three straight singles in the top of the fifth. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick led off the bottom half of the frame by reaching on an error, was sacrificed over to second, went to third on a single up the middle by Serino and came home on an RBI groundout by senior Tom Conley.
Richmond cut its deficit in half, though, in the top of the sixth. Leading off, Adam Forrer lined a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right for his fourth home run of the year.
The Spiders threatened to tie the score in their next turn at bat. Chris Cowell drew a one-out walk, but was gunned down at the plate by left fielder Rich Graef while attempting to score on a single by Bryan Conway. After a walk to Forrer loaded the with the bases with two outs, junior Ron Wallace entered from the bullpen to strike out Joey Vecchione and preserve the 2-1 lead.
In his first plate appearance since coming off an Apr. 14 injury, sophomore Rob McLam helped UMass add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. After lining the first pitch of his at bat to the fence in left for a double, McLam tagged up on a fly ball and later scored on a wild pitch.
Senior Leif Sorenson retired all three Richmond batters he faced, striking out one, to collect his school-record eighth save of the season. Torres pitched 6.2 innings and allowed one run on nine hits, walked five and struck out four to log the win (3-3) for the Minutemen.
For the Spiders, Andrew Brockett tossed 4.1 innings and surrendered two runs, one earned, on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Serino was the lone UMass player to finish with multiple hits, batting 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Richmond's one, two and three hitters--Matt Zink (2-for-4), Adam McConnell (3-for-4) and Phil Ruzbarsky (2-for-4)--combined for seven of the squad's 11 hits on the afternoon.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, May 5, with game two of the series set for 1 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.