Minutemen Take Two From La Salle, 4-2 and 16-8
May 20, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts took both games of Friday's doubleheader vs. La Salle, 4-2 and 16-8. With the wins, UMass improves to 16-32 overall and 9-14 in the Atlantic 10. The Minutemen close out the 2005 season tomorrow vs. the Explorers at Noon. Saturday is also Senior Day for Keith Doherty, David Sullivan, Curt Szado and Jason Twomley.
La Salle opened up the scoring in the third inning of game one with Mike Essery starting things up with a single to left center. After stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball, Ryan Parfit brought him home with an RBI single to left for the 1-0 lead. Parfit later scored on a UMass error for the two-run lead.
UMass responded in the second half of the same inning with four runs on four hits. Andy Tuetken hit an infield single to get on base and advanced to third when Anthony Santos doubled down the right field line. Ryan Franczek's single brought Tuetken home to make it a 2-1 game before Bryan Garrity doubled to left center for the 3-2 UMass lead. With Garrity, Twomley and Szado on base, Derrick Durepo's sacrifice fly put the Minutemen up by two to close out the inning. Both teams were scoreless through the remainder of the game.
Matt Torra, who pitched his eighth complete game of the season for the win, struck out 14 Explorers to bring his season total to 111 with a 6-3 record. Dan Waters had the loss for La Salle, giving up all four UMass runs.
The Minutemen found themselves in a hole early on in game two, surrendering five runs in the first two innings--including four in the first. With two outs, Rich Prall doubled to left center, followed by a double by George Hudock for the 1-0 lead. With Hudock stealing third, John Vincent homered to make it 3-0. Fran O'Kane and Dennis Burge each singled before Derick Reis doubled down the left field line for the RBI and 4-0 edge.
La Salle's Parfit advanced twice in the second and scored on a single by Hudock for the 5-run lead.
But Massachusetts responded and opened up the scoring in the third, putting up eight runs on six hits and 2 errors. Three Minutemen doubled in the inning, including Szado, who had a team-leading two doubles and three RBI's in the game.
While the Explorers put up two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth, UMass countered with eight in the final three innings for the season-high 16 runs.
Keith Doherty started game two for the Minutemen, pitching three innings and giving up seven runs on 11 hits. David Sullivan was credited with the win, giving up one run on five hits, striking out four. Five pitchers saw action for La Salle, with Brandon Geib being credited with the loss.