Baseball Batters St. Joe's, 15-6
May 5, 2002
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Sophomore righthander Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) continued to pitch superbly, and the University of Massachusetts baseball team put together three big innings as the Minutemen claimed a 15-6 victory over St. Joseph's here on Sunday afternoon. With the win UMass moves to 19-22 on the season, 8-13 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Hawks fall to 14-34-1, 8-13. The Minutemen and Hawks each remain two games behind Temple in the race for the last spot in the 2002 A-10 Tournament with three conference games to play.
The Minutemen claimed an early lead in Sunday's contest, tallying four runs in the third inning. Senior rightfielder Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.) led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. After Clark stole second and advanced to third on an error, junior catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to right field. A hit batsman and a sacrifice bunt then left runners at second and third for senior third baseman Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.), who singled through the right side to drive in a pair. Designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.), starting his first game in nearly a month, then finished the outburst with an RBI double to left center that made the score 4-0.
After St. Joe's scratched out a run in the bottom of the fourth, UMass exploded for six runs on three hits in the top of the fifth to claim a 10-1 advantage. Second baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) reached on an error to being the inning, and Senez followed with an RBI basehit. After Senez was gunned down trying to advance to second, Morgan knocked a hit through the left side. Junior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) followed with a two-run home run over the left-centerfield wall. A pair of hit batsman then put runners on first and second for Ellerbrook, who capitalized with a two-RBI double. Ellerbrook closed out the scoring as he advanced home on a balk.
St. Joseph's cut the lead to 10-5, scoring a run in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in eighth, but UMass put the game out of reach with a five run outburst in the top of the ninth.
Chown worked 7.2 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits. He walked two and struck out five. Ellerbrook finished the game 3-for-5 with four RBIs, a double and two runs scored. Senez went 3-for-5 with three RBI, two stolen bases and a pair of runs scored.
The Minutemen will return home this week, as they host Siena on Tuesday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m. before traveling to Central Connecticut on Wednesday. UMass will then return to Earl Lorden Field as they host Harvard on Thursday before closing out the Atlantic 10 schedule with a three-game series against Fordham.
Line Score UMass 15, St. Joseph's 6 UMass 004 060 005 - 15 12 2 Saint Joseph's 000 101 211 - 6 11 5
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