Big Innings Lift UMass Baseball To 10-6 Win Over Saint Joseph's
May 15, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The UMass baseball team scored all 10 of its runs with two outs to rally past Saint Joseph's for a 10-6 victory on Thursday afternoon at Smithson Field. With the win, the Minutemen improve to 14-30 overall, 11-14 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks fall to 32-13 overall and 17-8 in the conference.
UMass plated the first run of the game in the top of the first. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie led off with a double down the left field line, moved to third on a single to center by senior Nick Sanford and scored on a two-out single to left center by senior Dylan Begin.
However, Saint Joseph's responded with a two-run homer to take a 2-1 lead in its first turn at bat. After Colin Forgey reached on an error with two away, Tommy Cunningham lofted a ball over the fence in left center.
The Hawks then increased their lead to 3-1 with a solo shot from Chris Hueth in the bottom of the third and added a fourth run following three straight singles by Tim Craig, Hueth and Brian O'Keefe open the fifth.
After two quick outs to begin the top of the seventh, sophomore John Jennings singled to left, senior Kellen Pagel drew a walk and sophomore Vinny Scifo reached with a bunt single to load the bases for Adie. Adie dropped a single into left to drive in Jennings, while Sanford and senior Nik Campero drew a pair of bases loaded walks to tie the score at 4-4. Begin capped off the five-run inning with a two-run single to right that gave the Minutemen a 6-4 advantage.
Saint Joseph's pulled back to within one with solo home run by Forgey in the eighth, but UMass responded with a four-run top of the ninth. An intentional walk, sandwiched between a pair of fielder's choice ground balls, loaded the bases for freshman Mike Geannelis with two away. Geannelis rocketed a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left for his first career grand slam to expand the lead to 10-5.
The Hawks completed scoring with an RBI groundout by O'Keefe in the ninth.
Junior Conor LeBlanc tossed seven innings in his start for the Minutemen to collect the win (3-4). He allowed five runs, three earned, on nine hits with no walks and one strikeout. Senior D.J. Jauss pitched two innings out of the bullpen and allowed one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts, earning the save (2).
Daniel Thorpe suffered his first loss of the season (9-1) on the hill for Saint Joseph's. He surrendered five runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts over 6.2 innings of work.
Adie (3-for-5), Begin (2-for-4) and Pagel (2-for-3) combined for seven of UMass' 11 hits on the afternoon. Begin and Geannelis registered a run scored apiece and three and four RBIs, respectively.
Hueth paced the Hawks' bats with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
The teams will be back in action with game two tomorrow, May 16, at 11 a.m.