Baseball Travels To Fordham For Weekend Series

Derrick Durepo and the Minutemen take on Fordham this weekend.

Derrick Durepo and the Minutemen take on Fordham this weekend.

April 22, 2005

Massachusetts (5-23, 1-8 A-10) at Fordham (23-14, 8-4 A-10)
Saturday, April 23 • 12:00 PM (DH)
Sunday, April 24 • 12:00 PM
White Plains, N.Y. • Jack Coffey Field

UMass Travels To Fordham For A-10 Matchup
• UMass, which dropped a pair of games at the 2005 Beanpot, look to get back on track when it takes on the Rams this weekend for a three-game series.

The Series With Fordham
• Since the two teams began play in 1996, the Minutemen own a 21-7 advantage over the Rams.

The Last Meeting
• Last season, Fordham swept the Minutemen in a three-game series in Amherst. In game one, the Rams snuck by the Minutemen, 4-3. UMass was held to six hits in the game.

• In game two, Curt Szado recorded a homer and UMass scored six runs in the fourth, but Fordham totaled 21 hits en route to a 14-9 triumph. Jason Twomley and Derrick Durepo both had two hits in the game.

•In the series finale, Fordham easily won 14-1. The Minutemen only managed to muster five hits in the loss.

Trend Setters
• Senior Jason Twomley has provided most of the offensive output so far this season. He leads the team in every major offensive category, including average (.373), runs (23), hits (25), home runs (9), RBI (16), slugging percentage (.821), and on-base percentage (.528).

• On April 12, Twomley set the single-game record for walks with five against UConn. He topped David Giglio's mark in 1997 when he walked four times against Siena.

• Junior Matt Torra has provided 66 percent of the team's strikeouts, with 73. He is also the team-leader in ERA with a 1.38 mark, in innings pitched with 58.2, and in opposition batting average with a .188 clip.

• For the second straight outing, Torra tossed 10.0 innings or more. Versus Saint Joseph's on Saturday, he threw 10.2 innings, allowed three hits and one earned run, and struck out 16, a career high.

Minutemen In The Ranks
• Several Minutemen are atop the Atlantic 10 leaders. Junior Matt Torra is leads the conference in strikeouts (73) and opposing batting average (.188), second in ERA (1.38), and third in innings pitched (58.2).

• If senior Jason Twomley had played in 75 percent of the games this season (he has played in 70), he would be first in slugging (.885) and on-base (.532) percentage, second in home runs (9), and fifth in batting average (.393).

• Sophomore Bill Rankin leads the conference in sacrifices with 12.

Torra Silences Opponents
• Junior Matt Torra has started this season at a blistering pace. In eight starts, Torra is 1-3 with a 1.38 ERA. He has struck out 73 batters while walking 12 and opponents are hitting .188 against him. Torra was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week on March 13.

• In all but one 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. Against Duquesne on Saturday, he tossed 10.0 innings and gave up three runs. On Saturday against Saint Joseph's, Torra threw 10.2 innings and allowed just one earned run. He struck out a career-high 16 while allowing three hits.

Minutemen Fall To Harvard In First Game Of Beanpot
The Minutemen lost their opening Beanpot game to cross state rival Harvard by the score of 11-5. The Crimson scored five times in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the game away. Junior outfielder Derrick Durepo extended his hitting streak to five games while senior Jason Twomley reached base four times to extend his streak to 14 games.

After Harvard closed out the second inning with three runs, the Minutemen struck back with three of their own in the top half of the third. Durepo singled to begin the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Harvard hurler Brad Unger. Sophomore Bill Rankin singled to left center to bring home Durepo. After a walk to Twoomley, senior Curt Szado singled home Rankin and moved Twomley over to third. Twomely would score on Unger's second wild pitch of the inning.

The Crimson responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning thanks in large part to back-to-back doubles by Steffan Wilson and Zak Farkes. The teams exchanged runs in the fifth inning making the score 6-4 after five complete.

The Minutemen pulled within one in the 7th as Curt Szado yet again singled home Rankin and moved Twomely to third. Rob Wheeler hit sophomore Bryan Adamski with a pitch to load the basses. What seemed like yet another two out rally for the Minutemen came up short as a hard hit grounder by freshman Bryan Garrity hit Adamski in the foot as he advanced from first to second.

Harvard pulled away in the bottom half of the inning as back-to-back walks by Wilson and Schuyler Mann started a big inning for the Crimson. Singles by Brendan Byrne, Jason Brown, and Ian Wallace along with a triple by Matt Vance produced five runs to extend Harvard's lead to the final of 11-5.

Offesnively, the Minutemen were lead by Curt Szado who whet 2-4 and drove in two runs to raise his season total to eight. Garrity had yet another solid day at the plate with two hits while Twomley went 1-2 with three walks.

On the hill, Harvard reliever Taylor Meean picked up his first win of the season throwing 3.2 innings while allowing just four hits and one unearned run. The Minutemen's starter David Sullivan took the loss and fell to 1-4 on the season.

UMass Loses Consolation Game Of Beanpot To BC
The Minutemen (5-23) dropped the consolation game of the 2005 Beanpot to Boston College (24-12) by the score of 8-6. BC starter Nick Asselin held the Minutemen hitless for the first five innings until sophomore second basemen Anthony Santos singled up the middle. Santos had three of the Minutemen's six hits going 3-4 at the plate with a run scored while senior Jason Twomley reached base for the 15th consecutive game.

The Minutemen took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second as a sophomore DH Travis Munsey hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score sophomore Bryan Adamski. The Eagles then exploded for four runs in the top half of the fourth. Infield singles by Drew Locke and Jason Delaney got the inning going for BC. Catcher Shawn McGill then singled to center knocking in Locke. Leftfielder Mike Flynn singled to load the bases and Delaney was forced home after DH Ryne Reynoso drew a walk from UMass starter Aaron Smith. The Eagles added two more when second baseman Jonny Weiss singled up the middle scoring Flynn and McGill to put BC up 4-1.

The Eagles would tack on runs in the top of the fifth and sixth to extend their lead to 6-1. The Minutemen struck back in the bottom of the 6th with a four fun inning of their own. Santos broke up Asselin's no hitter with a single up the middle and ,with one out, Bill Rankin reached on an error by Weiss. Senior Jason Twomley then drew a walk to load the bases for Curt Szado who earned an RBI as he was hit by an errant Asselin pitch. Rankin scored in the next at bat as Adamski grounded out to second. Freshman Bryan Garity capped off the inning with a two RBI single to bring the Minutemen within one at 6-5.

The Eagles would add two more insurance runs in the eighth as Delaney hit a two run homer over the Green Monster to increase the lead 8-5. The Minutemen added a run in the bottom of the 9th as pinch hitter Andy Tuetken doubled off the Monster and reached third on a McGill passed ball. He would later score on a ground out by Bill Rankin.

Minutemen reliever Jeremy Demers pitched final two innings and picked up the loss to fall to 1-6 on the season. Eagles starter Nick Asslin threw 6.1 innings allowing three hits and one earned run to pick up his first victory of the season and for his career.

Jason Twomley Honored For Huge Return
Senior Jason Twomley had a monster return after missing eight games early in the season. In his first game back against Xavier, Twomley provided all of the offense for UMass with all three hits and the lone run. In game two, Twomley smashed two solo homers and scored three runs. In the series finale, Twomley went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs.

Twomley was honored as the Atlantic 10 and ECAC Player of the Week for his performance.

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.




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