Baseball Blasts GW In Game One, 10-3
May 17, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Home runs by Ryan Cusick and Dylan Begin along with a complete game effort by Dennis Torres helped lift the UMass baseball team to a 10-3 victory over George Washington at Earl Lorden Field on Thursday afternoon. The win moves the Minutemen to 12-10 in the Atlantic 10 and gives the squad its first 20-win season since 2009, now 20-20 overall. The Colonials drop to 20-33 overall and 6-16 in conference play.
After Torres retired the side in order in the top of the first, UMass promptly took a 1-0 lead in its first trip to the plate. Sophomore Kyle Adie lofted a one-out double to the gap in left center and came home on an RBI single up the middle by junior Anthony Serino.
Cusick led off the third for the Minutemen with a line drive home run to left, while Adie followed with a single and stole second. After moving to third on a sacrifice by Serino, Adie scored on a wild pitch. Senior Tom Conley hit a hard line drive at GW shortstop Justin Albright for the second out before sophomore Rob McLam was hit by a pitch to extend the inning for Begin. Begin then blasted a 2-1 pitch over the fence in right center for a two-run shot that increased UMass' advantage to 5-0.
Two straight singles by Serino and Conley opened up the Minutemen's half of the fifth, followed by a sacrifice bunt by McLam that plated Serino for the team's sixth run.
The Colonials halved their deficit, though, with one swing of the bat in the top of the sixth. Albright and Ollie Mittag opened up the inning for George Washington with a double and a single, setting up a three-run home run by Stephen Oswald that closed the gap to 6-3.
However, UMass took the runs back and added to its lead by scoring four in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Nick Sanford led off with a single to center and came home on an RBI single by Adie. Junior Rich Graef, who reached after being hit by a pitch, also scored on an error on the play. Conley plated Adie with a two-out single through the left side and McLam drove in Conley with a single to left center.
Torres needed no additional run support as he tossed his first career complete game and struck out a career-high eight on his 22nd birthday to earn the win (4-3). He allowed three runs on 10 hits and walked one.
Brian Derner took the loss (1-8) for the Colonials after allowing six runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts in five innings on the hill.
In a balanced effort, seven Minutemen combined for the squad's 14 hits and each scored at least one run, while six players registered RBIs. Adie paced UMass with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, scored three and drove in one. Begin went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Jimmy Best was the lone GW player to post multiple hits, going 3-for-4 on the afternoon.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon with game two set for a 1 p.m. start on Earl Lorden Field.