Baseball Falls to Siena, 12-4
May 7, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team dropped a 12-4 decision to Siena College here on Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, the Minutemen fall to 19-23 on the season, while the Saints improve to 26-23 on the year.
UMass jumped to an early lead, following a three-strikeout first inning by starter Brian Hourigan (Beacon Falls, Conn.) with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the frame. A pair of walks put runners on first and second for designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.), who capitalized with a two-RBI double to right-center. Junior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) then followed with an RBI single to give the Minutemen a 3-0 lead.
In the third, Siena took advantage of a two-out error and a walk, as Jim Buckley blasted a three-run home run over the leftfield fence. It was Buckley's 12th of the season, and it tied the contest at 3-3. The Saints took a 7-3 lead in the fourth, scoring four times and chasing Hourigan from the contest. A leadoff walk followed by a single and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. Fausto Franco then hit a bleeder through the left side to plate a pair and give Siena its first lead. Kevin Roberts followed with his first home run of the season, a two-run shot off reliever Brandon White (Foster, R.I.) that gave Siena a four-run lead.
Siena added to its lead in the fifth, scoring two runs on a pair hits. Matt Mueller led off the inning with a solo homer, his seventh of the year. White then retired a pair of batters, but hit Franco in the back. Franco then stole second and scored when Roberts dropped a bloop single into shallow rightfield. Freshman righthander Julio Ramos (Lawrence, Mass.) was able to end the inning, getting Tony Cipolla to pop out to second base.
Ramos kept the Saints off the board for the next two innings, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh. In the eighth, Mueller hit his second homer of the game, a two-run shot off freshman reliever Matt Mitchell (Roslindale, Mass.). Siena added another run in the inning, making the score 12-3.
In the bottom of the eighth, senior Aaron Senez's (Springfield, Mass.) lead-off double was the 43rd of his career, moving him into third place all-time at UMass. Senez scored later in the inning on Altieri's sacrifice fly, making the score 12-4.
The Minutemen will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Central Connecticut State for a 3:00 p.m. contest. UMass then returns home to close out the regular-season portion of its schedule with a game on Thursday against Harvard and a three-game series with Fordham this weekend.
LINE SCORE Siena 12, UMass 4 Siena (26-23) 003 42 0 030 - 12 14 1 UMass (19-23) 300 000 010 - 4 9 4