UMass Squeezes Past Saint Louis, 2-1
May 13, 2007
AMHERST, Mass.- With their bid for the playoffs on the line, UMass beat Saint Louis in pivotal game. Coming into the game, the Minutemen were 1.5 games behind Saint Bonaventure and a half game ahead of Saint Louis. The win, combined with Saint Bonaventure's loss to Charlotte, pushes UMass to a mere half-game behind the Bonnies for the sixth playoff spot, heading into the final week of Atlantic 10 play.
Pitching was the theme in the first two games of the series against the Billikens and the trend continued into Sunday. Sophomore Tim Comiskey (Great River, N.Y.) pitched a gem for UMass to earn the win. Senior Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) and sophomore Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) knocked a couple of timely RBI to provide the offensive spark.
Comiskey tossed 6.2 innings of scoreless ball with four strikeouts. The righty buckled down facing pressure, holding Saint Louis batters hitless with runners on. The start was the first of Comiskey's season in which he did not allow a run.
The Maroon and White jumped on the board in the top of the first. Lour Proietti (Hamilton, Ont.) singled to open the game then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball that squeaked by catcher Casey Moore. The third batter of the inning, Tempesta, slapped a hit through the infield, scoring Proietti.
The turning point in the game came in the sixth inning when Saint Louis threatened for the first time all game. Comiskey loaded the bases with Billikens on three walks. Facing a big inning for the visitors, the right-handed hurler induced a fly ball from Ryan Johnson that Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) caught to end the inning.
UMass' momentum carried into the bottom half of the inning when the Maroon and White attack struck again. After Adam Tempesta (Brockton, Mass.) singled hard to left and subsequently stole second, Adamski sent him home with a two-out double down the left field line.
The only time the Billiken offense was heard from on the afternoon was in the top of the ninth when Greg Rodgers blasted a lead-off home run to left field.
Mike Dicato pitched the final 2.1 innings for his second save of the season.
The win marked the first time since 2003 that Coach Mike Stone's squad won 20 games in a season.
UMass will wrap up the home portion of its schedule at 3 p.m. on Tuesday against Quinnipiac. Prior to the game, Bryan Adamski, Chris Lloyd (North Adams, Mass), Rory McDonald (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Frank McPherson (Somerville, Mass.), Travis Munsey, Lou Proietti and Bill Rankin (Willington, Conn) will be honored as part of Senior Day. The Maroon and White will wrap up Atlantic 10 play Friday when they head to Cincinnati, Ohio to face Xavier.
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