Baseball Splits With Richmond, 3-2, 16-2
May 21, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts baseball team (19-25, 10-13 Atlantic 10) split two games of an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader against the University of Richmond (30-22, 16-7 Atlantic 10) winning the first game, 3-2, and losing the second, 16-2, under sunny skies at Earl Lorden Field this afternoon.
UMass senior starting pitcher Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) stole the show making his final scheduled collegiate start allowing just four hits and striking out seven for his ninth complete game of the season. In the process, the righty became UMass' all-time leader in innings pitched with 257.1 for his career. He passed Bill Cooke '99 who previously held the record with 255.1. Already the school record holder in career pitching appearances with 59, Chown allowed two earned runs and walked three, retiring the minimum three batters in four innings. He finished it off by recording the last three outs of the game by way of the strikeout.
UMass got a run in the bottom of the second inning as junior rightfielder Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) clubbed a one-out homer to rightfield to make it 1-0, Minutemen. Senior captain and shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) knocked a two-out single through the left side in the third inning to make it 2-0, UMass. And senior second baseman Cullan Maumus (New Orleans, La.) knocked a two-out single though the right side of the infield in the fourth inning to account for the final UMass run. Maumus and Athas each finished the day with two hits, while sophomore catcher Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) saw his 13-game hit streak come to an end, but did reach base with a walk in the third frame. He has now reached base safely in 39 of UMass' 43 games, including each of the last 24 consecutive.
With the win, Chown improved to 7-4 on the season, lowering his ERA to a team-leading 3.03. He also picked up the 22nd victory of his career. Richmond senior catcher Chris Dolan had two hits for the Spiders, while junior Thomas Martin took the loss to drop to 6-2 on the season. In fact, Chown took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Dolan laced a one-out single into left field.
In game two, Richmond belted out 16 runs on 16 hits as almost every Spiders starting batter got a hit. Freshman rightfielder Josh Farkes was the lone Richmond starting batter held hitless, while senior centerfielder Bryan Pritz went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, and junior first baseman Jim Fasano went 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. The infielder also knocked his 16th home run of the season in the first inning.
Richmond scored four runs in each of the first two innings coasting to the win, as UMass sophomore starter Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.) gave up 11 hits and 10 runs over five innings. Only three of the runs were earned as Torra walked three while striking out four. Richmond freshman righty Rob Berzinskas went five innings for the win to improve to 5-3, while Torra evened up a 5-5 on the year.
Senior DH Sean Sarno (Stoneham, Mass.) went 2-for-4 to lead the UMass offense, while Curreri added a single to centerfield in the fourth inning to extend his streak of reaching base to 40 of UMass' 44 games, including each of the last 25 consecutive contests.
UMass baseball closes out the 2004 campaign Saturday, May 22 with the rubber game of the three-game set. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m., and will be preceded by a brief ceremony honoring UMass' six seniors.