Baseball Rolls To 11-1 Win Over GW On Senior Day
May 19, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass baseball team rolled to an 11-1 win over George Washington on Saturday afternoon, at Earl Lorden Field, completing its series sweep of the Colonials (20-35, 6-18 A-10) with the victory on Senior Day. By virtue of the win and a loss by Saint Joseph's, the Minutemen (22-20, 14-10 A-10) clinch the #4 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament, returning to the postseason for the first time since 2009.
UMass began the contest with a run in the bottom of the first as the leadoff man, Rob McLam, was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on an RBI single to center by senior Anthony Serino.
Then, after a scoreless second, the Minutemen tacked on three more with four hits in the third. Three straight infield singles by junior Rich Graef, McLam and sophomore Kyle Adie followed by sacrifice flies from Serino and senior Tom Conley gave UMass a 3-0 advantage. Sophomore Dylan Begin followed with a two-out double to plate Aide and extended his hitting streak to an Atlantic 10-best 16 straight games.
Redshirt freshman Adam Picard doubled to open up UMass' half of the fourth and later crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Then in the fifth, a pair of RBI doubles from Begin and sophomore Nik Campero pushed the margin to 7-0.
George Washington broke up the shutout in the top of the sixth with a two-out RBI single by Kyle Gelling that scored Jimmy Best.
The Minutemen then capped off the scoring with a four-run eighth. McLam and Adie drove in runs with back-to-back doubles, Serino plated McLam with a ground ball and Adie crossed the plate on a single through the left side by Conley.
In his first Atlantic 10 start, freshman Andrew Grant tossed 5.2 innings and allowed just one run on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts to earn the win (1-1). Seniors Glen Misho and Ben Hart closed out the game with three hitless innings of relief.
For the Colonials, Aaron Weisberg took the loss (2-7) after allowing seven runs on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout in 4.1 innings of work.
In a balanced effort, all nine UMass batters recorded at least one of the squad's 14 hits, paced by Adie's 3-for-4 afternoon. Serino drove in three and McLam (2-for-3) scored three times and picked up an RBI. Graef finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Brett Bowers was the lone GW player to post multiple hits in the contest, batting 2-for-4 as the team totaled seven hits.
UMass will be back in action on Wednesday, May, 23, opening up the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Bronx, N.Y., at Fordham's Houlihan Park. The Minutemen will be the No. 4 seed and will take on No. 5 Richmond in Game 1 of the tournament at noon.