Baseball Rallies To Down Fordham In Extras, 5-4
May 13, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth and later pushed across the winning run in the 11th, taking the series opener over Fordham, 5-4 on Friday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the victory, the Minutemen improve to 16-26 overall and 7-12 in conference play, while the Rams fall to 29-20 and 10-9 in the Atlantic 10.
UMass was quick to score, plating a run in its first turn at bat. Sophomore Anthony Serino led off with a single through the left side, moved to second on a ground ball and came home on an RBI double down the left field line by senior Kyle Multner.
Matt Gedman later increased the Minutemen's lead to 2-0 with his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to right, with two down in the bottom of the third.
Fordham responded by taking one of the runs back in the top of the fourth. Ryan Lee lofted a leadoff double into right center and scored on a two-out single through the right side by Brian Kownacki. The Rams then tied the score at two in the following inning. Ryan Maghini dropped a one-out single into center, advanced to second on an infield hit by Nick Martinez and came home on a single to right by Lee.
Following a scoreless sixth, Fordham pulled in front with a two-run double by Martinez in the top of the seventh after Stephen McSherry reached on an error to begin the frame and Maghini lined a one-out single through the right side.
UMass, which had been limited to two hits since Gedman's homer in the third, rallied to level the score at four in the bottom of the ninth. Junior Tom Conley led off the inning by lining a double into left field, while Multner drew a walk. Freshman Nick Campero then legged out a bunt single, with a wild throw to first allowing Rob McLam, who pinch ran for Conley, to come home for the team's third run of the afternoon. With Multner moving to third on the play, the next batter, senior Peter Copa, was able to send in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Minutemen later capitalized on Martinez's wildness on the mound en route to the victory in the bottom of the 11th. Multner was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a ground ball before Copa was intentionally walked. Freshman Nick Sanford hit a ball back up the middle that glanced off Martinez for an infield single, loading the bases for sophomore Rich Graef with two away. With a 0-1 count, Graef was hit in the foot to force in the winning run.
In relief of junior Glen Misho, Leif Sorenson collected the victory (1-5) for UMass as he pitched two scoreless innings and allowed one hit with one walk and two strikeouts. Misho tossed nine innings in his start and allowed four runs, three earned, on 10 hits and struck out three. Martinez worked 2.2 innings of relief for the Rams and surrendered one run on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts to take the loss (1-2).
Serino (2-for-5), Conley (2-for-3) and Sanford (2-for-5) all finished with multiple hits for the Minutemen, while Multner batted 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Lee tallied four of Fordham's 11 hits with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate, while also registering an RBI and a run scored. Martinez went 2-for-5 with two RBI and Maghini batted 2-for-4 and scored twice.
UMass and Fordham will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, May 14, with game two set for 1 p.m. at Earl Lorden Field.