Minutemen Take Two From St. Joseph's
May 10, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.) went three for six with a homer and five runs batted in, to lead the University of Massachusetts baseball team to a sweep of a doubleheader with St. Joseph's at Earl Lorden Field. The Minutemen won the first came 10-2, before posting a 6-5 win in the night cap. UMass improves to 24-16 and 14-6 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks fall to 16-31 and 9-14 in the A-10.
In the first game, St. Joseph's jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on two unearned runs, before the Minutemen came back with 10 unanswered runs. Junior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the second, while Morgan added a three-run homer in the fourth. Junior righthander Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) earned the win, allowing no earned runs on six hits in a complete game effort. St. Joseph's first baseman John Kokol led the Hawks by going three for four with an RBI.
In the second contest, UMass took a 3-0 lead in the first thanks to an RBI double by senior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) and an RBI single from freshman outfielder Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.). The Hawks took the lead with four runs in the third, but UMass came back to take a 5-4 lead in the fourth on a two-run single by senior catcher Tom Ellerbrook (Northampton, Mass.). After St. Joseph's tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh, Morgan drove in Ellerbrook with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to end the game. St. Joseph's catcher Mike DeLorenzo went three for three with a double to lead the Hawks.
The Minutemen and the Hawks will conclude their three-game series tomorrow, May 11, at 11:00 a.m.
Game One: Massachusetts 10, St. Joseph's 2 R H E St. Joseph's 200 000 0 - 2 6 4 Massachusetts 131 401 X - 10 12 4 SJU: Al Braun, Ryan Hoagey (4) and Mike DeLorenzo. UM: Eric Chown and Tom Ellerbrook. 2B: Bill McCollum (SJU), Cullan Maumus (UM), Frank Curreri (UM). 3B: Jason Twomley (UM). HR: Chris Morgan (UM). Win: Eric Chown (6-3). Loss: Al Braun (3-1). Save: None.
Game Two: Massachusetts 6, St. Joseph's 5 R H E St. Joseph's (16-31, 9-14 A-10) 004 000 1 - 5 9 1 Massachusetts (24-16, 14-6 A-10) 300 200 1 - 6 8 1 SJU: Bill McCollum, Erik Holman (7) and Mike DeLorenzo, Anthony DelGaudio (7). UM: Keith Doherty, Anthony Gallo (6), Scott Ratliff (7) and Tom Ellerbrook. 2B: Mike DeLorenzo (SJU), Adam Stojanowski (UM), Jeff Altieri (UM), Tom Ellerbrook (UM). 3B: Ryan Stadanlick (SJU). HR: None. Win: Scott Ratliff (2-2). Loss: Bill McCollum (3-3). Save: None.