Matt Torra And The Minutemen Ready To Open A-10 Slate At Xavier
March 24, 2005
Massachusetts (3-10) at Xavier (5-16)
Saturday, March 26 - 12:00 PM (doubleheader) Sunday, March 27 - 12:00 PM
UMass Visits Xavier To Open A-10 Slate
The University of Massachusetts travels to Philadelphia hoping to stop its current four-game skid. The Minutemen have scored three runs in the last four games and have been held scorless for the last 21.1 innings. That is the longest drought since 2002, when Temple stopped UMass from scoring for 17.0 innings in consecutive shutouts.
The Series With Xavier
Since Xavier joined the Atlantic-10 in 1995, UMass owns a perfect 10-0 record.
Torra Silences Opponents
Junior Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.) has started this season at a blistering pace. In four starts, Torra is 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA. He has struck out 39 batters while walking seven and opponents are hitting .194 against him. Torra was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week on March 13.
Torra has had the best start for a pitcher through 13 games in 10 years. Former hurler Jesse Santos held that position in 2002, when he began the season 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA.
In all of his starts, Torra has thrown at least six innings. On Feb. 25 at New Orleans, he threw 7.0 and struck out 10, giving up no runs in a no decision. On March 5, Torra tossed eight innings and allowed two runs while striking out 14. On March 12 versus Eastern Kentucky, Torra threw a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits ans punching out seven. In his last start against Illinois State, he threw six and gave up one earned run in a losing effort.
The Recent Meetings
The last time these two teams met, UMass took a 8-5 decision in 2003. In that game, senior captain Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) threw 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs for the win
The last time the Minutemen were in Cincinnati, they swept a three-game series in 2001. They won by scores of 6-4, 10-8, and 8-3.
UConn Takes Down The Minutemen, 9-0
The University of Massachusetts (3-10) dropped its fourth straight game with a 9-0 loss to the University of Connecticut (12-4) this afternoon at Harbor Yard. The game was moved to Bridgeport due to poor field conditions in Storrs.
UMass was unable to cross the plate for the second straight contest as four UConn pitchers held the Minutemen to five hits. Husky pitching struck out 13 while not walking anyone.
UConn pushed across all of the runs it needed in the bottom of the first. After a leadoff walk and a Tony Mallozzi single, a fielder's choice moved the runners to first and third. Jeff Hourigan then doubled to right center, clearing the bases. Matt Karl stepped to the plate and smashed a triple to score Hourigan. The next batter, Russ D'Argento, flew out to center to score the final run of the inning.
Hourigan went 2-for-2 with three RBI for the Huskies while Mallozzi went 3-for-4.
In the bottom of the fourth, D'Argento walked to start the frame and stole second. Larry Day singled up the middle to plate D'Argento. Day reached second with a groundout to the shortstop. Consecutive singles by Austin Wasserman and Mallozzi scored Day to put UConn up 6-0.
The Huskies added a run in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings. Hourigan blasted a homer to left center in the fifth. In the sixth, Brian Maler singled in Mallozzi who reached on a bunt single. UConn capped the scoring in the eighth when Pat Mahoney scored on a wild pitch.
The Minutemen were only able to put one player in scoring position the entire game and that was in the eighth inning when freshman Brent Tarasuik (Lynn, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. He stole second and reached third courtesy of a throwing error by the catcher.
Minutemen Go 2-4 In Florida
UMass used a couple of superb pitching performances to take two games on their southern trip. Junior Matt Torra started the trip off with a win, pitching a complete-game shutout against Eastern Kentucky. Torra allowed judt four hits while striking out seven.
After a 6-1 loss to Yale, senior captain Keith Doherty (Quincy, Mass.) took the mound against Miami (Ohio) and led the Minutemen to a 4-0 victory. He went the entire game and allowed only four hits.
UMass was only able to muster three runs in their final three games in the Sunshine State. On March 16, Bucknell captured their first win of the season after they beat UMass, 4-2. Illinois State edged the Minutemen on the enxt day, 2-1, and UMass only got three hits in a 3-0 Army win in the finale.
Matt Torra Named Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week
Junior Matt Torra earned the honor after his two starts at Delaware and versus Eastern Kentucky in Florida. Against Delaware, he threw 8.0 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs (his only two of the season), one walk while striking out 14. He was stuck with the no decision in that contest.
In Bradenton on March 12, Torra guided the Minutemen to a 5-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky. He tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout for his first win of the season. He struck out seven and walked two.
For the week, Torra was 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA. He thre 17.0 innings, allowed 11 hits, two runs, and walked three while punching out 21. Opponents batted a mere .180 in the two games.
Szado Off To Hot Start
Senior outfielder Curt Szado has found his stroke at the plate so far this season. He leads the team in many offensive categories, including batting average (.333), runs scored (5), doubles (2), total bases (16), triples (1), and RBI (7).
The major problem for the Minutemen offense so far this season has been getting a hit with runners in scoring position. In 13 games, UMass is hitting just .128 (10-78) with the opportunity to score.
For the season, UMass is hitting at a .181 clip while opponents have hit Minutemen pitching for a .294 batting average.
Torra! Torra! Torra!
Junior Matt Torra has shut down opponents in the batter's box. In the season opener against New Orleans, Torra tossed seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out 10.
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.
In the first game in Florida, Torra notched a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and striking out seven.
Against Illinois State, Torra tossed another 6.0 innings, allowing just one earned run, but the bats weren't there and he received hs first loss of the season.
For the season, Torra has an ERA of 0.90 while striking out 39 in 30 innings. Opponents are hitting a mere .194 when he is on the hill.
Minutemen Swept In Delaware
Last weekend, the Minutemen traveled to Delaware to take on the Unniversity of Delaware in a three-game set. The games were played at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, Del. due to poor field conditions in Newark.
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 game one, the University of Massachusetts went into the bottom of the ninth leading 2-1. The Privateers managed to put runners on first and third with no outs. A single tied the game up at 2-2, and intentional walks then loaded the bases. Freshman Chris Sargoy came on in relief of freshman Jason Lavorgna, and walked the winning run.
Junior Matt Torra sparkled in his first start of the season, pitching seven innings and allowing five hits while striking out 10. Junior Derrick Durepo paced the Minutemen from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore Michael Weiner collected the other two hits for UMass, batting 2-for-4 with an RBI. Senior Curt Szado drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
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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