UMass Rallies Past Siena 3-2
May 6, 2003
Junior designated hitter Sean Sarno drove in the winning run with a sacrifice bunt in the top of the 12th inning, as the University of Massachusetts baseball team came from behind to defeat Siena 3-2. The Minutemen improve to 21-16 on the season with the victory, while the Saints fall to 15-30-1 with the loss.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the 12th, senior catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.) led off the inning with a single, then moved to third when sophomore outfielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) reached on an error. Sarno then dropped his sacrifice bunt to bring Ellerbrook home with the winning run.
The Minutemen had tied the game at 2-2 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, when Twomley hit an RBI single to center field, driving in freshman pinch runner Kristian Molloy (Hillsborough, N.J.).
Siena opened the game with a 1-0 lead, when outfielder was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. UMass tied the score at 1-1 in the fourth on an RBI single by senior outfielder Matt Boulanger (Westfield, Mass.). The Saints then took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on an RBI groundout by second baseman Kevin Roberts.
Sophomore lefthanded pitcher Scott Ratliff (Helendale, Calif.) earned the win for the Minutemen, after tossing two innings of perfect relief to close out the game. Sophomore righthanded pitcher Mike Crane did not receive a decision, despite allowing only one earned run on five hits in 10 innings of work, while striking out 10.
UMass returns to action tomorrow, May 7, when it plays host to Northeastern at 3:00 p.m.