Richmond Powers Past UMass Baseball, 13-8
May 5, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team held a 6-3 lead early, but two home runs from Chris Cowell helped carry Richmond past the Minutemen, 13-8 on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. Following the setback, UMass is now 18-17 overall and 10-7 in Atlantic 10 games, while the Spiders improve to 22-21 and 9-8 in the conference.
After holding Richmond off the board in the opening frame, the Minutemen jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the first. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick legged out an infield single, stole his 20th base of the season and tagged up on consecutive fly balls for the first run of the afternoon. Junior Anthony Serino drew a five-pitch walk and later scored on a two-out single through the right side by sophomore Rob McLam.
Three walks and two hit batters helped the Spiders climb on top in the second, 3-2, before UMass tied the score with a run in its next trip to the plate. Junior Rich Graef sent a two-out single up the right field line, went to second on a wild pitch and was driven in with an RBI single to right by Cusick.
Then with a three-run third, the Minutemen led once more, 6-3. A one-out walk to senior Tom Conley, an infield single by McLam and consecutive errors that allowed sophomores Dylan Begin and Nik Campero to reach, yielded two runs for UMass. Graef brought in Campero for the third of the frame on a sacrifice fly to right.
However, Richmond went on to score in each of the next four innings. After a pair of singles by Matt Zink and Adam McConnell set up a sacrifice fly by Phil Ruzbarsky in the fourth, the Spiders exploded for six runs on four hits in the fifth. A three-run shot by Cowell capped off the inning and gave the Spiders a 10-6 advantage.
The teams traded runs in the sixth. McConnell plated Adam Forrer with a single to left center in the top of the inning, while Cusick led off UMass' half with a walk and later scored on an errant throw to first on pickoff attempt.
Cowell padded the Richmond lead with another homer in the top of the seventh, a two-run shot to left that followed a leadoff single by Ruzbarsky.
UMass added its final run in the eighth as three straight singles by sophomore Kyle Adie, Serino and Conley brought the score to 13-8.
Andrew Blum logged the victory (6-2) for the Spiders as he allowed seven runs, three earned, on eight hits with five walks and two strikeouts in six innings on the hill.
Conley finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, one of four UMass players to log multiple hits. Cusick was 2-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice.
Cowell went 2-for-5 at the plate for Richmond and drove in six, while scoring two. Forrer was 2-for-4 and scored three.
The teams will close out the series tomorrow afternoon at noon on Earl Lorden Field.