Minutemen Split Double Header With Rhode Island
May 14, 2005
Amherst, Mass. - The Minutemen split the first two games of this weekend's series against conference rival Rhode Island. UMass took the first contest 3-1 and lost the back end of the double header 8-0.
Game one featured a pitchers duel as Minutemen ace Matt Torra squared off against Ram's hurler Dan Frederick. The two pitchers held hitters to a combined four runs on eight hits as almost 50 scouts from MLB teams looked on.
The Rams scored their lone run in the first as Dave Hollcomb doubled to begin the game and then scored on a Scott Brown double to left centerfield. After Brown's double, Torra allowed just one hit over the next six innings and got nine of the last 12 outs via strikeouts. No runner advanced past first base and the three runners who reached first were caught stealing by freshman catcher Bryan Garrity.
Fredrick was equally impressive on the hill, letting up just one run on two hits through the first five innings. The Minutemen put together a rally in the bottom half of the sixth as senior Curt Szado singled to left. Sophomore Bryan Adamski put UMass ahead in the next at bat as he doubled to knock in Szado. They added an insurance run as sophomore DH Michael Weiner singled to right to score Adamski.
With the win the Torra improved to 5-3 on the season and his nine strikeouts moved him up to third on the Minutemen all time list with 213. Frederick dropped to 4-5 for the year.
In Game two Rhody scored early as it posted two runs in the top half of the first. Matt Sullivan was hit by a pitch and then moved to second on a single to left by Brown. Ryan Cunningham then drew a walk. Mike Rainville then singled to drive home Sullivan and Brown.
The Rams the followed up with three more runs in the third. The Rams scored the first run of the inning as Brown scored on an error by Minuteman third basemen Ryan Franczek. Josh Nestor drove in the second run as he knocked in Cunningham from third base on a single to right and advanced teammate Russo to third. Russo would score in the next at bat on a sac fly by Dave Savard.
The Rams would add insurance runs in fourth, fifth and seventh as well. However, Rhode Island starter Zack Zuercher would only need one as he held the Minutemen to no runs and just one hit, a double by Ryan Franczek, over six innings while striking out five and walking none. With the win URI clinched its second-straight Atlantic 10 championship. Zuercher improved to 5-3 on the year while UMass starter Jeremy Demers fell to 1-8.
The rubber game of the three game series will be played at noon tomorrow. CSTV will be broadcasting the game nationally on Monday at 7:00. UMass' own Bob Behler will provide the play by play and Derek Volner will add color commentary.