Minutemen Pound Central Connecticut, 13-5
May 12, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Every Minutemen hitter reached base as the University of Massachusetts baseball team (17-22) rolled over Central Connecticut (37-14-1) by the score of 13-5, this afternoon in non-conference action on Lorden Field. Minutemen starter Jeremy Demers was equally impressive notching the first complete game of his career allowing just one earned run.
The Minutemen scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back plating runs in every inning but two on the afternoon. Junior leftfielder Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.) provided the fireworks in the first frame with a two-out, two-run home run to leftfield, his third long ball of the season.
Six UMass batters tallied multiple hits including senior second baseman Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) who went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. That effort raised his batting average to .372 on the year, but wasn't enough to pass team-leading sophomore DH Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) who went 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI to maintain a .373 mark for the season.
In the field, senior shortstop and captain Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.), who registered a 2-for-5 performance at the plate including an RBI-single in the fourth inning, was superb tying a season-high with nine assists for the game. He was a one-man show in the sixth inning helping put away all three batters on ground outs to short.
Junior rightfielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored raising his average 15-points on the afternoon from .300 to .315, while junior centerfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.) and sophomore first baseman Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn.) each added two hits.
Freshman starting catcher Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) drew a walk in the fourth inning, while senior third baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) doubled down the rightfield line in the seventh inning to round out the UMass attack.
With the complete game effort, Demers lowered his ERA over a full point from 5.61 to 4.41. Additionally, Central Connecticut starter Scott Vitelli, who entered the game with a team-best 1.99 ERA, saw that figure rise to 2.63 with his three inning, eight-hit, six earned run effort.
With his RBI-double in the first inning, Curreri moved into sixth place on UMass' single season list with his team-leading 15th two-bagger of the season. The base knock also extended his hit streak to a career-high 10 games, the longest current streak on the team. Additionally, Curreri has 52 RBI on the year tying him for sixth on UMass' single season list with Aaron Braunstein. He needs just one more RBI to move into fifth place, and eight more to move into a tie for third place with Doug Clark who totaled 60 in 1997.
UMass baseball returns to action this Friday, May 14 as the Minutemen head to Saint Bonaventure for a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series in Olean, N.Y. First pitch of Friday's doubleheader is slated for 12:00 p.m.