UMass Baseball's Season Ends With 6-5 Loss To URI
May 23, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - The UMass baseball team took a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning, but a two-run homer from Dan Haverstick helped Rhode Island rally for a 6-5 victory in an Atlantic 10 Tournament elimination game on Wednesday evening at Fordham's Houlihan Park. With the loss, the Minutemen end 2012 at 22-22 overall, while the Rams advance and improve to 33-24 on the year.
UMass scored a run in its first trip to the plate. Sophomore Rob McLam led off with a single to left, while senior Tom Conley was hit by a pitch and sophomore Dylan Begin walked with two away before McLam came home on a wild pitch.
However, URI managed to plate four runs in the bottom of the second. Back-to-back two-out doubles down the right field line by Chris Famiglietti and Jeff Roy gave the Rams a 4-1 lead.
The Minutemen took all four back in the top of the third, though, to pull back in front, 5-4. Sophomore Kyle Adie drew a leadoff walk, stole second, moved to third on an error on the play and scored on an RBI groundout by junior Anthony Serino. Conley then lined a single into right before Begin blasted a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left center, tying the score with his third home run of the season. Sophomore Nik Campero followed with a double to the fence in left center and scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single to left by sophomore Alex Tuneski.
With one out in the eighth after Milan Adams reached on an error, Haverstick lined a two-run home run over the fence in left to put the Rams on top, 6-5.
UMass threatened in the top of the ninth. Conley legged out an infield single, but was thrown out at second after trying to advance on an errant throw. Begin and Campero followed with two-out singles to left center, but Rhode Island closer Mike Bradstreet induced a fly ball to left to end the game.
Senior Joe Popielarczyk took the loss (6-2) as he allowed six runs, five earned, on 11 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. URI reliever Bobby Dean earned the win (2-0) after tossing 3.2 hitless innings of relief, walking three and striking out four. Bradstreet pitched 1.1 innings, allowed three hits and struck out one
Begin finished the contest 3-for-4 at the plate for the Minutemen with two RBI and a run scored. Conley went 3-for-3 in the final game of his career and scored once.
For the Rams, Famiglietti hit 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored and Haverstick drove in two and scored twice.