UMass Baseball Upends George Mason, 9-1
May 4, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Behind a complete game effort from sophomore Brandon Walsh, the UMass baseball team upended George Mason, 9-1 in the teams' series finale on Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the win, the Minutemen improve to 8-13 in the Atlantic 10, 11-28 overall, while the Patriots fall to 26-17 on the year and 13-6 in conference play.
UMass broke up a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the third, scoring a run with just one hit in the frame. Freshman Dylan Morris led off with a single and advanced to second on the play as the ball was mishandled in the outfield. Morris went to third on a sacrifice bunt and came home on an RBI groundout by redshirt junior Kyle Adie.
The Minutemen took advantage of more miscues by George Mason in the fourth to increase their lead to 3-0. Senior Dylan Begin bounced one-out single up the middle and Picard reached on a two-base error that gave UMass runners on second and third. Freshman Mike Geannelis then dropped a single into shallow right to send in Begin, while sophomore John Jennings reached on an error to load the bases. Morris brought home Picard with a sacrifice fly for the second run of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, the Patriots cut the deficit to 3-1 with their only run of the afternoon. Luke Willis reached on an error to begin the inning and later crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Ray Toto.
However, UMass pulled away, pouring on six more runs over its next two trips to the plate. In the bottom of the sixth, singles by Picard and Geannelis, followed by a sacrifice bunt, set up a two RBI single by Morris.
Then in the seventh, Campero reached on a wild pitch after striking out to begin the frame, Begin legged out an infield hit and Picard drew a walk to load the bases. With one out, Campero scored on a botched squeeze play and Jennings singled to left to send Begin home. After Morris was hit by a pitch to load the bases, sophomore Vinny Scifo's bunt single plated Picard. Jennings came in on the play, as well, as the ball was overthrown at first.
Walsh worked all nine innings in the win (2-4) for the Minutemen for his first career complete game. He let up just one unearned run, while scattering five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. John Williams took the loss (3-2) for George Mason as he surrendered eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits with one walk and two strikeouts in six innings on the mound.
Eight UMass batters combined for the team's 13 hits on the afternoon, paced by Geannelis' 3-for-4 day at the plate. Morris went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored, while Begin was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs and Picard scored three times.
Brandon Gum (2-for-4) finished with two of the Patriots' five hits in the contest.
UMass will be back in action next Friday, May 9, when the squad will play host to VCU at 3 p.m.