Minutemen Split At Saint Bonaventure
May 14, 2004
OLEAN, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (18-23, 9-11 Atlantic 10) split a doubleheader at Saint Bonaventure (24-19, 13-7 Atlantic 10) this afternoon winning the first game, 5-4, and losing the second, 4-2, in conference action at McGraw-Jennings Field.
In game one, UMass trailed 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning, but 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, and was his team-leading 16th two-bagger of the year. Additionally, Curreri now has 54 RBI on the year moving into sole possession of fifth-place on UMass' single season list.
In game two, senior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) led the Mintuemen with a pair of hits, including a one-out triple in the third innning. He later scored to cut the SBU lead, to 2-1. The remaining UMass run came in the sixth inning on a wild pitch, cutting the Bonnies lead to 4-2, but that would be it.
Sophomore righty Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.) took the loss, but went the distance for his fourth complete game of the year. Additionally, Curreri extended his hitting streak to a career-high and current team-high 12 games with a one-out single in the sixth inning. He has now reached base in 37 of UMass' 41 games on the season, including each of the last 22 consecutive contests.
UMass baseball returns to action Saturday, May 15 with game three of the Atlantic 10 Conference series at Saint Bonaventure. First pitch in Olean, N.Y., is slated for 12:00 p.m.