Baseball Ready To Compete In Florida
March 10, 2005
UMass to play seven games in Fla.
UMass owns a 6-8 record since 2002 on their annual trip to Florida.
Scouting the opposition
Dartmouth is led by a solid core of infielders, beginning with senior second baseman Josh Bailey, who batted .348 with 29 RBI a season ago. Senior first baseman Jeff Speights batted .324 with a team-leading eight home runs and 52 RBI. Junior third baseman Tommy Myette was second on the team in batting average a year ago, hitting .393. He also drove in 38 runs. Josh Faiola leads the Big Green on the mound. In 2004, he went 5-1 with a 3.43 ERA. In addition, freshman shortstop Erik Bell earned preseason Top Newcomer accolades in the conference.
For the season, UMass is hitting at a .188 clip while opponents have rocked Minutemen pitching for a .343 batting average.
Torra! Torra! Torra!
In the first game in Delaware, Torra fanned 14 en route to a no decision. He threw eight innings, allowed seven hits and two runs.
For the season, Torra has an ERA of 1.20 while striking out 24 in 15 innings. Opponents are hitting a mere .214 when he is on the hill.
Minutemen Swept In Delaware
In the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Delaware took a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the fifth on the shoulders of a Dan Kozek RBI double. UMass tied the game in the top of the seventh when senior Jason Twomley blasted a two-run homer over the left field wall.
The Minutemen were held at bay until the top of the 10th, the third extra inning, when sophomore Anthony Santos led off the inning with a single. a groundout and a flyout allowed Santos to reach third, but Twomley could not play hero again, as he was caught looking for the third out.
The Fightin' Blue Hens came out in their half of the 10th with a leadoff double by Adam Tsakonas. A groundout advanced Tsakonas to third, and UMass walked the next two batters to intentionally load the bases. Dave Harden stepped to the plate next and whacked the winning run in on a single to left field.
In the second game of the day, Delaware put the game out of reach in the first inning by crossing the plate nine times. Brandon Menchaca led off the game with a home run and later tripled in another run in the same inning. The Hens went on to win the game 13-3.
Senior Curt Szado went 2-for-2 with a run scored while Twomley belted his second home run of the day in the loss.
The Blue Hens started game three right where they left off in game two. The Hens scored a run in every inning except for one en route to a 13-1 win. Menchaca led off the game with his second straight leadoff home run to begin the scoring.
For the Minutemen, junior Derrick Durepo and freshman Bryan Garrity accounted for all of the hits, both going 2-for-4. Senior Curt Szado drove in the only run of the game on a groundout, as he drove in sophomore Bryan Adamski.
UMass Goes 1-2 In New Orleans
In the second game of the series, the Privateers exploded for 14 runs while shutting out the Minutemen, 14-0. UMass was only able to muster six hits from three players in this contest. Senior Jason Twomley, freshman Dan Coury, and freshman Zach Thomas all had two hits apiece.
In the series finale on Feb. 27, Szado went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI, including the game-winner, to lead UMass to a 4-3 win over New Orleans. Junior pitcher Jeremy Demers shined on the mound, going eight strong while allowing eight hits and two earned runs.
UNO opened the game in the bottom of the first with a run. In the top of the fifth, UMass fought back and loaded the bases thanks to two hits and Twomley walk. Sophomore Bill Rankin forced another walk, scoring the first run of the inning for the Minutemen. Durepo drove in the second run on a sacrifice fly to to left, while Szado capped the scoring with an RBI double down the right field line.
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