Minutemen Prevail Over URI In 14-Inning Marathon
May 15, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - It took 14 innings and four and a half hours but the Minutemen (14-32, 7-14 A-10) defeated the Rams of Rhode Island (30-18, 18-6 A-10) by the score of 6-5. With the win, UMass won its second consecutive A-10 series while the Rams lost their first conference series after winning 14 straight.
The Minutemen jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as they scored a run in the first, third and fourth innings. In the first, Ryan Franczek lead off with a single and later scored on double by Bryan Adamski. In the third Anthony Santos singled to begin the bottom half of the inning and crossed the plate when Jason Twomley grounded in to a double play. Adamski doubled again in the fourth inning and then was knocked in on a ground out by Andy Tuetken.
However, Minutemen starter Keith Doherty was the story for the first half of the game. The senior held the Rams hitless for seven innings striking out four while walking six and hitting another. Doherty ran in to trouble in the eighth as he allowed a lead off single to pinch hitting Josh Nestor. After getting URI's centerfielder Dave Savard to pop up to UMass catch Bryan Garrity, Doherty surrendered seven consecutive hits and five runs as the Rams gained a 5-3 lead.
The Minutemen would strike back in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run by Jason Twomley, his 16th of the season, to bring the game with in one at 5-4. Adamski followed up with walk and then advanced to third on a single by Mike Weiner. Adamski would score on Derrick Durepo's fielders choice.
Both teams remained scoreless for the next five innings thanks to superb relief pitching by Chris Lloyd of the Minutemen and Nick Lefort and Adam Perkins of Rhode Island. Perkins however ran in to trouble in bottom of the 14th as he allowed one out singles to Curt Szado and Adamski. Perkins was then relieved by James Norcott who threw out Szado at third on a sacrifice bunt by Travis Munsey. In the ensuing at bat, junior outfielder Derrick Durepo laced a 1-0 pitch off the left field wall to bring home Adamski to give the Minutemen the 6-5 win.
UMass will conclude its season next weekend vs. LaSalle at Earl Lorden Field.