Dayton Bests UMass Baseball, 8-7, In Extras
May 10, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio - Junior Rich Graef came up with a clutch two-out hit in the eighth to tie the score, but C.J. Gillman picked up his fifth RBI of the day with a walk-off single in the 11th to give Dayton an 8-7 win over UMass baseball, Thursday afternoon at Woerner Field. The setback leaves the Minutemen at 19-18 overall, 11-8 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Flyers improve to 23-27 overall and 12-7 in the conference.
After UMass went down in order in the first, Dayton proceeded to take a 2-0 lead after back-to-back doubles by Brian Blasik and Gillman followed a one-out walk to Joe Gayda.
The Minutemen capitalized on a pair of errors by the Flyers in the top of the third, though, to pull in front, 6-2. With the bases loaded and one out, a ball hit to third by sophomore Kyle Adie was misplayed, allowing Nick Sanford and Graef to score. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Cusick came home as well on the same play after an errant throw to the plate. Junior Anthony Serino plated Adie with a single up the middle and sophomore Rob McLam drove in Serino with a double to right. Redshirt freshman Adam Picard then capped off the inning with a single to left center that scored McLam.
However, Dayton took three of the runs back in the bottom half to pull to within 6-5 of UMass. Four consecutive one-out singles produced the Flyers' runs, including a two-run single to left off the bat of Gillman.
The Flyers then climbed back on top, 7-6, in the bottom of the sixth. Robby Sunderman and Kurtis Duggan reached via an infield single and a hit-by-pitch, respectively, setting up a two-run double by Bobby Glover that landed just inside the left field line.
After a scoreless seventh, the Minutemen tied the score with two away in their half of the eighth. Sophomore Nik Campero drew a walk and Sanford singled through the right side, extending the inning for Graef who flared an RBI single into shallow center for UMass' seventh run.
However, after the Minutemen were unable to bring in Graef after a leadoff double in the 11th, Dayton went on to plate the winning run in the bottom half of the frame. Glover started things off with a single through the left side, went to second on a sacrifice and to third on a ground ball. A ball hit up the right field line by Gillman just past the first base bag to brought in Glover for the winning run.
Senior Leif Sorenson tossed 2.2 innings of relief and took the loss (3-4) on the mound for UMass as he allowed one run on two hits, walked one and struck out two. For the Flyers, Burny Mitchem collected the win (3-7) after working 3.1 innings and letting up two hits while striking out four. Junior Dennis Torres allowed seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits, walked three and struck out three in eight innings in his start for the Minutemen.
Graef finished the afternoon with three of UMass' nine hits, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Gillman went 3-for-6 for Dayton, driving in five, while Glover batted 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, May 11, at 1 p.m.