Minutemen Fall To Blue Devils 13-9
May 11, 2005
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The University of Massachusetts fell to Central Connecticut 13-9 on Wednesday Afternoon at Balf-Savin Field. UMass held a 3-run lead early in the game and stayed ahead until the Blue Devils notched five runs in the fourth. The Minutemen drop to 12-31 with the loss and return to action this weekend with a three-game series vs. Rhode Island.
The Minutemen struck early with three runs in the first inning off of Blue Devil starter Scott Vitelli. Bryan Garrity singled with one out and advanced to second on a walk to Jason Twomley. Both runners scored when cleanup hitter Curt Szado homered to left center field giving the visitors a 3-0 lead.
The Blue Devils plated a single run in the bottom of the first to make it 3-1. Dan Tarnowski doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a fielding error by the left fielder. He scored on a single through the left side by Tom Pezzello.
Central Connecticut scored another run in the bottom of the third inning to cut the lead to 3-2. The Blue Devils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Pezzello and an RBI double by Jerome Schillaci to make it 4-3. After the Minutemen replaced starter David Sullivan with freshman Aaron Smith, the Blue Devils scored their third run of the inning on a wild pitch. Schillaci scored to make it 6-3 in favor of the home team on a sacrifice fly from Appleton. Brent Currier reached on an error by the third baseman and went to third on a long double to center field by Blaze. Currier scored an unearned run when the right fielder dropped a fly ball, making it 7-3.
In the fifth, the Blue Devils made it 9-3 when Currier walked with the
bases loaded and Blaze belted a sacrifice fly to center field scoring
Tarnowski and Pezzello who had both walked.Four more runs in the sixth inning gave the Blue Devils a 13-3 lead.
The Minutemen scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning when Ryan Franczek and Jason Twomley each homered making the score 13-5. Twomley's homer was his 15th of the season, placing him in second place on UMass' all-time home runs list (single season). The Minutemen plated four runs in the top of the ninth off of Blue Devil reliever Mark Peterson. Twomley had an RBI groundout, Bryan Adamski had an RBI single and a pair of runs scored on an error by the second baseman to make it 13-9.
Saturday's doubleheader vs. the Rams will begin at Noon. Sunday's series finale will be broadcast by CSTV on tape delay on Monday.