Copa's Blast Carries Baseball Past Bonnies, 7-5
May 20, 2011
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - After relinquishing a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh, senior Peter Copa's towering two-out homer in the top of the eighth helped carry UMass baseball to a 7-5 victory over St. Bonaventure on Friday afternoon at Fred Handler Park. With the win, the Minutemen improve to 17-28-1 overall and 8-14-1 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Bonnies drop to 23-22 on the season and 12-11 in the conference.
St. Bonaventure jumped in front early. In the bottom of the first, Jamie Wallschlager dropped a single to left and the next batter, Jason Radwan, sent a 2-2 offering over the fence in left to give the Bonnies a 2-0 lead.
UMass eventually pulled level with St. Bonaventure in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Anthony Serino led off the frame with a single to center and scored on an error after moving to third on a hit and run as senior Matt Gedman lined a pitch through the left side of the infield. Following a walk to Copa, junior Tom Conley drove in the squad's second run with a single to center.
Then in the top of the seventh, the Minutemen took a 4-2 lead. Seniors Eric Fredette and Gedman started things off with a pair of singles. Following a sacrifice by Copa that advanced the runners, Conley was intentionally walked. Then with senior Kyle Multner at the plate, Fredette scored on a wild pitch. Freshman Rob McLam later brought in Gedman for UMass' fourth run with a sacrifice fly to left.
However with one swing of the bat, the Bonnies climbed back on top in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Billy Urban hit a three-run blast that gave St. Bonaventure a 5-4 advantage.
UMass then regained its two-run edge by taking the runs back in the top of the eighth. Serino ripped a one-out double to left and tagged up on a fly ball to center by Fredette, setting up an RBI single by Gedman that evened the score at five apiece. Copa then rocketed a 0-1 pitch to left for his 11th home run of the year, putting the Minutemen on top, 7-5.
In relief of senior Charlie Benson, who allowed four runs on nine hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the hill, junior Leif Sorenson collected the win (2-5) for UMass. Sorenson tossed 2.2 innings and let up one run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. For the Bonnies, Wallschlager took the loss (3-1) as he surrendered two runs on two hits without retiring a batter.
Gedman paced the Minutemen with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, breaking into the program's top-10 for hits in a season as he is now tied for sixth all-time with 73 on the year. Conley went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Serino and Fredette both batted 2-for-5 and freshman Kyle Adie hit 2-for-4 with his first career triple.
Radwan (2-for-4) and Urban (2-for-5) provided the bulk of the offense for St. Bonaventure, each scoring a run and registering two and three RBI, respectively.
UMass will play its season finale, wrapping up the series with the Bonnies tomorrow, May 21, at noon.
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