Baseball Wins At Saint Bonaventure, 5-4
May 14, 2004
OLEAN, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (18-22, 9-10 Atlantic 10) defeated Saint Bonaventure (23-19, 12-7 A-10) by the score of 5-4 this afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning, UMass scored four runs, starting off with a single by junior centerfielder Derrick Durepo (Ware, Mass.). Following a ground out which moved Durepo to second, freshman catcher Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) singled to right field putting runners on the corners. Following a strikeout, senior second baseman Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) two-out single to centerfield plating Durepo. Sophomore DH Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) followed with a double plating Weiner and Maumus. Senior third baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) reached on an error, allowing Curreri to score, and putting UMass in the lead, 4-3.
The Minutemen added a run in the top of the seventh inning as freshman catcher Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) knocked the first home run of his collegiate career.
Senior starting pitcher Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) went the distance as he logged his eighth complete game of the year, allowing just two earned runs and fanning eight. The wire-to-wire victory raised his record to 6-4, and moved Chown into seventh place all-time on UMass complete games list with 15. He shares that record with Travis Veracka who graduated from UMass in 2000, and also moved into a four-way tie for sixth place on UMass' single season complete games list with Jesse Santos, Peter Ferrari and Phil Tarpey. Additionally, the start marked Chown's school-record 58th pitching appearance. He also moved into third place all-time on UMass' innings pitched list, totaling 250.1 during his time wearing the Maroon & White.
Weiner's round-tripper later proved to be the game-winner as the Bonnies pushed a one-out run across in the bottom of the seventh. But a pair of strikeouts by Chown, both looking, ended the threat, and the game.
Also of note, Curreri's two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning extended his hit streak to a career-high and current team-high 11-games, while the two-bagger was his team-leading 16th of the year. Additionally, Curreri now has 54 RBI on the year moving him into sole possession of fifth-place on UMass' single season list.