UMass Baseball Edged By Fordham, 2-1
May 4, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team had the potential tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth, but the squad was unable to push one across as Fordham came out on top in the 2-1 pitchers' duel on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Following the loss, the Minutemen sit at 11-27 overall, 4-13 in the Atlantic 10, while the Rams improve to 18-30, 4-13 in conference play.
Fordham took an early lead after Sam Careccia was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the second. Careccia stole a base to move into scoring position and came home on a single through the left side by David Judisky.
After having just one runner reach second through the first six innings, UMass pushed across the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Rich Graef led off with an infield single and advanced to third after a pair of bunts, a sacrifice by junior Rob McLam and a single by redshirt sophomore Adam Picard. Junior Dylan Begin then followed with a base hit though the left side of the infield to level the score at 1-1.
However, the Rams answered in their next trip to the plate to regain the advantage, 2-1. A potentially inning-ending ground ball of the bat of Judisky took a bad hop over the head of shortstop Vinny Scifo for an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Tim O'Connor from third.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, the Minutemen threatened to pull even with Fordham once again. McLam led off with a single through the left side, and advanced to third following a sacrifice bunt and a fly ball. Chris Pike escaped the jam for Fordham, though, to log the complete game and move to 3-6 on the season. He let up just one run on seven hits, walked one and struck out three.
UMass starter sophomore Conor LeBlanc took the loss (1-5) after he surrendered two runs on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout.
McLam was the lone Minuteman to finish the day with multiple hits, going 2-for-3. Mike Mauri (2-for-5) and Judisky (2-for-3) combined for half of the Rams' total hits in the contest, while Judisky drove in both runs.
The teams will close out the series tomorrow, May 5, with game three set for a noon start on Earl Lorden Field. The contest, which will be televised locally on CBS 3 Now, will mark Senior Day for UMass and will be the squad's 2013 home finale.
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