UMass Cruises To 5-1 Victory Over Saint Louis
May 11, 2007
AMHERST - After exploding for four runs in the first inning, UMass (19-22, 11-11) settled into cruise control, taking the first game of a crucial series with the Saint Louis Billikens (13-35, 9-12). Senior Chris Lloyd (North Adams, Mass.) picked up the win and moved to 5-3, to tie Jim Cassidy (Medway, Mass.) for the team lead in wins. The UMass attack was highlighted by a four-first which put the Maroon and White in control all game.
Lloyd was in command for all eight innings of his outing. He allowed only six hits and was helped out by two double plays. Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) bailed out his teammate Lloyd with another super diving grab, a play that has become a regular occurrence for the Minutemen. Though he allowed 50 percent of lead-off batters on base, none of them came back to haunt him. The only blemish of Lloyd's start came when he allowed a solo home run to right center in the seventh inning.
UMass jumped out to a four-run lead in the first and never looked back. The Maroon and White put the first two runs up on the board with RBI singles by both Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) and Rankin.
The final two runs of the inning came when Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) fell down on an attempted double steal. The through from Saint Louis catcher went down to second base, where Bill Rankin, who was on first, was called safe. The Saint Louis second basemen threw to third trying to get Adamski, who had returned to his feet and was scrambling for third, but the throw was errant. Adamski scored on the error and Rankin, who moved to third on the throw, was awarded home when the ball was lodged in the tarp.
With the score 5-1, Adamski came on to relieve Lloyd in the ninth. The versatile senior slammed the door shut, securing the win for UMass.
The top four of the order bolstered the offense. Three of the top four hitters, Lou Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.), Tempesta and Adamski each had two hits. Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) contributed with two hits of his own.
Despite notching five runs, all nine of UMass' hits were singles.
The Minutemen and Billikens will play next at Noon Saturday at Earl Lorden Field. Fans who cannot make the game can follow the game on WMUA 91.1 and vita the link on UMassAthletics.com
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