Minutemen Down Dayton, 10-2, To Take Series
May 9, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio - Senior Bryan Leigh tossed his third complete game of the season, pitching the UMass baseball team to a 10-2 series-clinching victory over Dayton on Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium. With the win, the Minutemen take their fifth consecutive conference series, improving to 16-23 on the season and 11-10 in the Atlantic 10, while the Flyers fall to 20-28 overall and 9-12 in conference play.
Freshman Ryan Cusick led off the game with his first career triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Matt Gedman to give UMass a 1-0 lead. In the top of the second, Peter Copa made it a 2-0 advantage with a one-out solo home run to left, his seventh long ball of the season. Senior Mike Gedman followed by drawing a walk and later crossed the plate for the squad's third run on a bases loaded walk to junior Eric Fredette.
Dayton took one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning as Jonathan Castine homered to right, cutting the Flyers deficit to 3-1.
Neither side would score again until the top of the seventh when Cusick opened up the frame with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and came home on an RBI single to left center by Matt Gedman.
The Flyers responded with a run in their next turn at bat to close the gap to 4-2. Castine drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on a single up the middle by Jimmy Roesinger and scored when Josh Jeffery reached on a fielder's choice.
Then in the top of the ninth, the Minutemen broke the game open with six runs on five hits. Matt Gedman started things off with a double and crossed the plate on an error. Sophomore Tom Conley sent a two-run single up the middle to drive in senior Brian Baudinet and Copa. Cusick singled in Mike Gedman, while Fredette plated Conley and junior Kyle Multner with an RBI double to increase the UMass advantage to 10-2.
Leigh went the distance for the Minutemen to earn the win (5-4), his fourth in as many starts in conference play. He held Dayton to two runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Bryce Lahrman took the loss (2-5) for the Flyers, giving up three runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings on the hill.
Cusick had a career day, leading UMass with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate, along with two runs scored and one RBI. Matt Gedman and Conley both finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored one run apiece. Fredette drove in three, while Copa was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Joe Gayda was the lone member of the Dayton lineup to tally multiple hits on the afternoon, batting 2-for-4.
The Minutemen will be back in action on Tuesday, May 11, when the team will travel to Quinnipiac for a 3 p.m. contest against the Bobcats.
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