Homers Carry Richmond Past UMass, 9-5 At A-10 Tournament
May 23, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - The UMass baseball team erased an early three-run deficit, but Richmond's second and third home runs of the afternoon helped carry the Spiders past the Minutemen, 9-5, in the opening game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Fordham's Houlihan Park. Richmond (28-24) will move on to face Saint Louis tomorrow, while UMass (22-21) will play the loser of today's Rhode Island-Saint Joseph's matchup tonight at 7 p.m.
Richmond wasted no time getting on the board, scoring three in the top of the first. Matt Zink lined a double down the left field line, Adam McConnell was hit by a pitch and Jacob Mayers lofted an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence.
UMass took one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Kyle Adie sent a one-out double down the left field line and junior Anthony Serino drove him in with a single through the right side.
The Minutemen went on to tie the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the third. After back-to-back one-out walks were issued to sophomore Rob McLam and Adie, consecutive RBI singles from senior Tom Conley and sophomore Dylan Begin drove in the runs with two away.
However, the Spiders used another homer to re-take the lead in the top of the fifth. Following a leadoff walk to Mayers, Chris Cowell hit a 2-2 pitch out to the deepest part of the ballpark. Then, after reaching with single to center, Phil Ruzbarsky scored on a double steal with two outs to give Richmond a 6-3 advantage.
In the top of the seventh, Richmond expanded the margin to 7-3. With one away, Ruzbarsky hit a solo shot to straightaway center.
UMass took the run back in the bottom half of the frame. Junior Rich Graef led off with a bunt single, and scored on a two-out RBI single by Serino.
The Spiders responded, though, with a two-run top of the eighth, which included an RBI single to center by Mayers and a bases loaded walk to Adam Forrer.
UMass capped off the scoring with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Graef reached on an error and later crossed the plate on an RBI ground out by Conley.
Dennis Torres (4-4) took the loss for the Minutemen as he allowed six runs, five earned, on 10 hits with one walk and three strikeouts over six innings. Alex Maffett earned the win (5-2) in his start for Richmond. He let up four runs on 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. Andrew Brockett collected his sixth save of the season for the Spiders after tossing 2.1 innings of relief and allowing one unearned run on two hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Serino finished the contest 3-for-5 at the plate for UMass with two RBI, while Begin went 2-for-5 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to an Atlantic 10-leading 17 straight games. Graef hit 2-for-4 with a run scored.
For Richmond, Mayers led the charge with four RBI and three runs scored, while going 2-for-4. Ruzbarsky hit 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.