UMass Baseball Defeats George Washington 4-3 In Opening Game Of Verizon Atlantic 10 Championship
May 17, 2001
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Freshman second baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury, Mass.) lined an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the ninth, to break a 3-3 tie and give the University of Massachusetts baseball team a 4-3 victory over George Washington in the opening game of the 2001 Verizon Atlantic 10 Championship. Stojanowski finished the day three for four with a pair of runs batted in to lead the UMass offense. The Minutemen improve to 27-17 on the season with the victory, while the Colonials fall to 35-22.
UMass opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, when junior outfielder Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) led off with a double and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Nick Gorneault (Springfield, Mass.). George Washington came back to take a 2-1 in the top of the third, on a two-run homer by designated hitter Jeff Fertitta. The Colonials increased their lead to 3-1 with an unearned run in the top of the fourth, with outfielder Dan Rouhier recording a sacrifice fly.
The Minutemen came back to tie the score at 3-3 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) reached on an error to lead off the inning, then senior outfielder Gavin Clark (Springfield, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. The two runners would then come in to score on an RBI groundout by freshman shortstop Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) and an RBI single by Stojanowski.
There would be no more scoring until the bottom of the ninth inning, when junior third baseman Aaron Senez (Springfield, Mass.) led off by reaching on an error. After a bunt single by Maumus, Stojanowski delivered his game-winning hit to knock in Senez.
Senior lefthanded pitcher Craig Szado (Monson, Mass.) picked up the victory on the mound for UMass to improve to 6-3 on the season. Szado tossed his sixth complete game of the season, scattering 10 hits and allowing only two earned runs while striking out three. Righthanded pitcher Greg Conden took the loss for George Washington, allowing four runs on six hits in eight-plus innings of work.
The Minutemen will face Temple tomorrow, May 18, at 4:00 p.m. The Owls defeated Dayton 3-2 in 10 innings in the day's second game. George Washington will take on Dayton in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
UMass 4, George Washington 3 GW (35-22) 002 100 000 - 3 10 2 UMass (27-17) 100 200 001 - 4 7 1 GW: Greg Conden, Bryan Beggs (9) and Ross Smirne, UM: Craig Szado and Tom Ellerbrook. 2B: Mike Kulak (UM), HR: Jeff Fertitta (GW, 2). Win: Szado (6-3), Loss: Conden (8-5).
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