Baseball Defeats Harvard, 6-3
May 9, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team rallied from an early deficit to defeat Harvard, 6-3, here at Earl Lorden Field on Thursday afternoon. With the win, UMass moves to 20-24 on the year, while Harvard falls to 18-24.
Harvard jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, plating a pair of runs off UMass starter Neil Scheller (Westfield, Mass.). Sheller walked a batter and allowed three hits in the inning, but avoided further damage with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Minutemen loaded the bases with no outs, but scored only once off Harvard starter Javi Arteaga. Arteaga nearly worked out of the jam, but a two-out wild pitch allowed junior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) to score from third.
UMass took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring three times off Crimson reliever Jason Brown. Matt Boulanger's (Westfield, Mass.) one-out double plated the tying run, and freshman Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) followed with a two-RBI single to put the Minutemen ahead 4-2.
UMass added to its lead in the fifth, as Altieri drove in a run with his second hit of the afternoon. Harvard managed a run in the sixth on a wild pitch uncorked by Scheller, but the Minutemen again scored in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Connell Clark (Springfield, Mass.) led off the inning with a single and, after he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and advanced home on a throwing error by the catcher to make the score 6-3.
Freshman lefthander Keith Doherty worked the final three innings for the Minutemen en route to his second save of the season. Sheller picked up the win, upping his record to 3-0. Brown fell to 0-1 with the loss.
The Minutemen will return to action this weekend as they host Fordham in the final Atlantic 10 series of the season. The teams will play twice on Saturday and once on Sunday, with games on both days beginning at 12:00 noon. UMass will honor its five departing seniors before the first pitch on Sunday.
LINE SCORE Harvard (18-24) 200 001 000- 3 8 2 UMass (20-24) 013 011 00x- 6 10 3