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UMass Splits DH With Saint Joe's, Takes Series, In Season Finale

Senior Aaron Plunkett earned the win in his final start for the Minutemen.

Senior Aaron Plunkett earned the win in his final start for the Minutemen.

May 17, 2014

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The UMass baseball team fell 6-1 in the opener and took game two by the score of 7-3 to earn a series victory with the doubleheader split at Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon. It marked the season finale for the Minutemen, who conclude the 2014 campaign with a record of 15-31 overall and 12-15 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks move to 33-14 overall and 18-8 in the conference.

UMass opened up game two of the day with a two-run first. Senior Nick Sanford was hit by a pitch with one down and, with two away, back-to-back doubles by senior Dylan Begin and redshirt junior Adam Picard plated the runs.

The Minutemen moved the score to 3-0 with a run in the third. Redshirt junior Kyle Adie led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice, went to third on a ground ball and crossed the plate on a two-out RBI single by Begin.

Begin drove in his third of the day in the top of the fifth to increase the UMass lead to 4-0, sending a two-out double into right center that brought in senior Nik Campero who extended the inning with a single.

The teams traded runs in the sixth to bring the score to 5-1. Sophomore Brandon Walsh led off the Minutemen's half with a single through the right side, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a two-out single to right center by sophomore Vinny Scifo. The Hawks then responded as Colin Forgey led off with a walk, advanced to third on a double by Tommy Cunningham and came in a sacrifice fly by Mike Muha.

 

 

UMass scored a run for a third straight inning in the top of the seventh. Sanford led off with a single up the middle, was sacrificed over to second, went to third on a wild pitch and came home on an RBI single to center by Picard.

Then in the bottom half, Saint Joseph's threatened to make a comeback. Forgey opened up the frame with a home run to left to cut the margin to 6-2. Then three straight one-out singles by Muha, Stefan Kancylarz, and Kevin Kratochwill plated the Hawks' third of the contest and brought the tying run to the plate.

Freshman Mike Geannelis worked out of the jam, though, as he fanned both Taylor Boyd and Cody Silverman to end the inning.

The Minutemen tacked on their seventh and final run in the top of the ninth. Begin drove a leadoff single through the left side, went to third on a pair of ground balls and scored on a passed ball.

In his final start of his career, senior Aaron Plunkett earned the win (1-6), working 5.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Tyler Pallante took the loss (0-2) for the Hawks as he surrendered three runs on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings on the mound.

Begin paced UMass at the plate as he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored. Picard hit 2-for-4 with two RBI and Walsh was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Fogey was the lone player for Saint Joseph's to register multiple hits in game two, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

In game one, Chris Hueth led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to right and was then part of a string of four straight to reach base for Saint Joseph's in the bottom of the third. Brian O'Keefe dropped a bases loaded single into shallow center to increase the Hawks' lead to 2-0.

Then in the bottom of the fifth, Saint Joseph's expanded the advantage to 6-0. Following a leadoff single by Hueth, O'Keefe sent a two-run homer over the fence in right. With one on and two away, Kancylarz added the Hawks' second two-run shot of the inning.

UMass broke up the shutout in the top of the sixth. Adie drove a one-out double into right field, moved to third on a single by Sanford and scored on a sacrifice fly by Campero.

Both pitchers tossed complete games with junior Andrew Grant taking the loss (2-3) for the Minutemen. He let up six runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Jordan Carter went the distance to collect the victory (10-3) for Saint Joseph's as he allowed one run on four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Adie, Sanford, Begin and Geannelis had one hit apiece for the Minutemen in the contest. Hueth (3-for-4), O'Keefe (2-for-4) and Kancylarz (3-for-4) combined for eight of the Hawks' nine hits with O'Keefe and Kancylarz contributing three and two RBI, respectively.

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