Minutemen Take The Series As UMass Beats St. Joe's 12-3, 7-3
May 15, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusetts baseball (14-27, 11-13 A-10) took game one of Monday's doubleheader with Saint Joseph's (17-36, 9-15 A-10) by the score of 12-3 before taking the second game 7-3. UMass concludes its home schedule on Tuesday, as they host Quinnipiac in the season's final nonconference game. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
UMass jumped out to a quick lead in the first with a seven-run inning, thanks in part to three Saint Joseph's errors. Three Minutemen singled, Ryan Franczek scored and Bryan Garrity walked to load them up before Andy Teutken's RBI and the first SJU error made it a 3-0 game. Four more were tacked on but not before Hawk starter Bob Unkel was pulled. Six hits and three errors gave UMass the commanding 7-0 lead.
While Saint Joseph's came within four after a three-run third, UMass answered with one in the bottom of the third and four in the fifth en route to the win. David Sullivan was the pitcher of record for the Minutemen, earning is fourth `W' of the season in his last collegiate appearance at Earl Lorden Field. His is 4-6 on the season. Unkel took the loss for the Hawks.
The first inning was good to the Minutemen once again, as they drove in three to open up game No. 2. Proietti's double and Tempesta being hit by a pitch put runners on first and second before a Hawk wild pitch advanced them both. Proietti and Tempesta scored on an error by shortstop Chris Cashman to make it 2-0, as Bryan Garrity reached on the play. Andy Tuetken's RBI single up the middle scored Garrity for the 3-0 score to start things off.
Rain started pouring down in the second, but the UMass grounds crew worked between innings to keep the infield playable and the teams continued through the seven-inning contest.
Saint Joseph's gave the Minutemen a scare in the fourth, loading the bases with only one down. The Hawks did score one on Matt Godusky's sacrifice fly to first, but the defense came in with a double play to end the inning with minimal damage. Tuetken threw to Garrity who found Proietti, catching Mike Gentile at second for the third out.
Much of the same in the fifth, as the Hawks came to within one without anyone out in the inning. Matt Blahusch's RBI single to left field allowed Greg Mason to come in for the 3-2 score. The game-tying run was scored by Cashman, brought in by Adriano Petrutz' RBI single to right.
Joe Cotone started things off in the sixth with a lead-off double and Travis Munsey followed with the sacrifice bunt to advance the right-fielder. Durepo got on base thanks to the SJU error and UMass' Franczek was hit on the foot to load the bases with only one out. Proietti's shot up the first base line eluded Gentile, allowing two Minutemen to come home for the 5-3 score. Massachusetts pulled off a double steal later in the inning, bringing in Franczek, and closed it up with a run by Proietti off of Jim Macdonald's single. In the inning, UMass had four runs on three hits and one error.
Saint Joseph's couldn't muster any offense in the top of the seventh, giving the Minutemen the Monday sweep. Bryan Adamski, who came into the game in the sixth, earned the win, improving to 3-2 on the season. Chris Prescott fell to 2-7 for SJU.
Fans can follow Tuesday's home action vs. Quinnipiac via Gametracker on umassathletics.com.