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UMass Baseball Edged By Siena, 3-2, In Home Finale

Senior Nick Sanford scored one of UMass' two runs on Tuesday vs. Siena.

Senior Nick Sanford scored one of UMass' two runs on Tuesday vs. Siena.

May 13, 2014

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team was edged by Siena, 3-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field, its final home game of the 2014 season. Following the setback, the Minutemen fall to 13-30 on the year, while the Saints improve to 20-29.

After five scoreless innings, Siena broke through for the first run of the contest in the top of the sixth. John Rooney led off with a single up the middle, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dave Hoffmann.

UMass responded to tie things up at 1-1 in the bottom half, plating a run without a hit. Seniors Nick Sanford and Nik Campero were both hit by pitches to begin the frame, while senior Dylan Begin reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases with no outs. With one away, sophomore John Jennings hit a fielder's choice ground ball up the middle to bring in Sanford.

The teams traded runs again in the seventh. In the top half, Vincent Citro drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on an error on the play before scoring on a dropped fly ball.

Then in the Minutemen's turn at bat, another hit batter came around to score the tying run for a second straight inning. Sophomore Dan Jonah reached on a hit by pitch to begin the bottom of the seventh, stole second, advanced to third on a ground ball and crossed the plate on a one-out RBI single through the left side by redshirt junior Kyle Adie.

However, Siena managed to score the winning run in the top of the ninth. Citro drew a one-out walk, stole second and came home on a two-out double down the left field line by Justin Esquerra.

 

 

Ben Panunzio pitched one inning of relief for UMass and took the loss (0-1) as he allowed one run on one hit and walked one. For the Saints, Chris Amorosi tossed 1.2 scoreless innings of relief en route to the win (1-1). He allowed two hits with no walks and one strikeout. Neil Fryer pitched a hitless ninth to earn a save (6).

Adie finished the day with two of the Minutemen's four hits in the contest as he went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Esquerra and Rooney both batted 2-for-5 for Siena, contributing an RBI and a run scored, respectively.

UMass will wrap up the regular season this Thursday-Saturday, May 15-17, with a three-game Atlantic 10 series at Saint Joseph's.

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