VCU Rallies Past UMass Baseball, 10-6

Senior Nick Sanford had two RBI in Saturday's loss to VCU.

Senior Nick Sanford had two RBI in Saturday's loss to VCU.

May 10, 2014

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UMass held a 4-1 advantage though five innings, but a six-run sixth helped propel VCU past the Minutemen 10-6 on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The loss leaves UMass at 12-29 on the season, 9-14 in the Atlantic 10, while the Rams improve to 33-14 overall and 14-7 in conference action.

UMass took an early 1-0 lead with one down in the bottom of the second. Redshirt junior Adam Picard lined a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left center for his fourth home run of the season.

The Minutemen increased the margin to 2-0 with back-to-back doubles in the third as senior Nick Sanford drove in redshirt junior Kyle Adie.

In the top of the fourth, VCU cut its deficit in half. Vimael Machin poked a one-out single through the right side, moved to second when a ball was overthrown to first on a pickoff attempt and scored following a pair of wild pitches.

UMass expanded its advantage to 4-1 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff single through the left side by freshman Dylan Morris and three straight bunts, including two for base hits, pushed across the Minutemen's third run of the day. Senior Nik Campero then brought in sophomore Vinny Scifo with a sacrifice fly.

However, the Rams erupted for six runs on four hits in the top of the sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate, to climb on top, 7-4. VCU followed up by tacking on two more in the seventh and one in the eighth courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Machin.

UMass completed the scoring with a run in the eighth and another in the ninth on a fielder's choice ground ball by freshman Mike Geannelis that brought home senior Dylan Begin and a sacrifice fly by Begin that scored Scifo, respectively.

Freshman Tommy McDonald took the loss (0-1) in relief for the Minutemen as he allowed three runs on two hits and walked two in one-third of an inning. Heath Dwyer started for the Rams and collected the win (6-1). He allowed five runs on 12 hits with no walks and three strikeouts over eight innings on the hill.

UMass finished the afternoon with 13 hits as a squad, paced by Geannelis' 3-for-4 effort. Sanford batted 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Begin (2-for-4) and Picard (2-for-5) each contributed an RBI and a run scored.

For VCU, Machin (3-for-5) and Chris Ayers (3-for-5) combined for six of the team's 11 hits and each registered an RBI and two runs scored.

The teams will close out the weekend series tomorrow, May 11, with game three slated for a Noon start at Earl Lorden Field. Prior to first pitch, the Minutemen will honor the six seniors from this year's squad with a Senior Day ceremony.



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