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Baseball Travels To Maine Today, Central Conn. Tomorrow

Michael Weiner and the Minutemen look to continue their winning ways this week.

Michael Weiner and the Minutemen look to continue their winning ways this week.

May 10, 2005

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Massachusetts (11-30) at Maine (27-13)
Tuesday, May 10 • 3:00 PM
Portland, Maine • Mahaney Diamond

Masscahusetts at Central Connecticut State (16-26)
Wednesday, May 11 • 3:00 PM New Britain, Conn. • Balf-Savin Field

UMass Travels To Maine And Central Connecticut On Tuesday And Wednesday
• UMass, coming off of its first A-10 series win, travels to Orono, Maine on Tuesday to face the Black Bears and then to New Britain, Conn. to take on the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut.

The Series With Maine
• The two teams have one of the oldest matchups in Minutemen history. The first game between the teams occurred in 1898. Maine holds a slight edge in the all-time series, 44-47-1. UMass hasn't won a game since 1997, but the teams have not played since 1998.

The Series With Maine
• In 1998, Maine pounded out 21 runs on 21 hits as the Black Bears knocked off UMass, 21-8.

The Series With Central Connecticut
• Since their first meeting in 1988, the Minutemen have a 18-6 record against the Blue Devils all-time.

The Last Meeting
• On May 12 last season, UMass took a 13-5 win. In that game, Curt Szado hit a two-run homer while Jason Twomley went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Derrick Durepo and Bill Rankin both tallied t a pair of hits as well.

Minutemen In The Ranks
• Several Minutemen are atop the Atlantic 10 leaders. Junior Matt Torra is leads the conference in strikeouts (87), opposing batting average (.174), and ERA (1.13), and is third in innings pitched (79.2).

• Senior Jason Twomley leads the conference in slugging (.770) and on-base percentage (.490), is second in home runs (14), fourth in walks (26), and fifth in runs (39).

• Sophomore Bill Rankin leads the A-10 in sacrifices (14).

Chasing History • Senior Jason Twomley, despite missing eight games, has 14 home runs, which places him tied for second all-time for a single season. Aaron Braunstein hit 14 in 1997 while Bill Knight smashed 19 in 1995.

• 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.

• Twomley has provided most of the offensive output so far this season. He leads the team in every major offensive category, including average (.345), runs (39), hits (39), home runs (14), RBI (26), slugging percentage (.770), and on-base percentage (.490).

• Junior Matt Torra has been the spark on the Minutemen mound. He leads the team in ERA (1.13), wins (4), complete games (6), innings pitched (79.2), strikeouts (87), and opponent batting average (.174). He has also only walked 13 batters.

• Torra's 87 strikeouts puts him 7th all-time in a single season, two behind both Ron Villone and Tom White.

• Torra has totaled 203 strikeouts so far in his three-year career, which already puts him fourth all-time in a career. Only four players have ever achieved 200+ strikeouts over their career at UMass. Tops of the list are former Major Leaguer Jeff Reardon and Carl Boteze, who both have 234 career punchouts.

• Torra also has started 31 games in his career, which ties him for sixth all-time. Bob Kostro started 39 games from 1983-1986 and is the all-time leader. Torra's 15 complete games puts him tied for eighth all-time with Travis Veracka. Doug Welenc holds that record with 24.

Bill Rankin has sacrificed runners over 14 times this season, which ties for the most in a single season with Cullan Maumus who did it in 2003.

Torra Silences Opponents
• Junior Matt Torra has been red hot this season. In nine starts, Torra is 4-3 with a 1.13ERA. He has struck out 87 batters while walking 13 and opponents are hitting .174 against him. Torra was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week on March 13, May 2, and May 9. He was also named Co-UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week on May 2.

• 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. On April 23 at Fordham, Torra tossed a complete game four-hitter to pick up his second win of the season. On Sunday, Torra pitched another complete game, this time a two-hitter en route to his third win of the season. On May 7 at Temple, he threw a three-hit shutout for a 5-0 win.

Torra Throws Complete Game Shutout In Split Versus Temple
Massachusetts (10-30, 4-13 A-10) used the performance of junior Matt Torra (Pittsfield, Mass.) to earn a split against Temple (11-29, 4-13 A-10) this afternoon at Ambler Field. Torra threw his sixth complete game and third shutout of the season in a 5-0 game one victory. The Owls took game two 6-4.

In game one, the Minutemen got on the board in the top of the second when sophomore Michael Weiner (Easton, Conn.) doubled down the right field line, and then scored on an error by the shortstop on the next play.

In the third, UMass put up three more runs to put the game out of reach. Freshman Ryan Franczek (Chicopee, Mass.), freshman Bryan Garrity (Peabody, Mass.) and senior Jason Twomley (Fitchburg, Mass.) started the rally with three consecutive singles, the latter of which scored Franczek. Twomley then swiped second base and then a throwing error by the catcher allowed Garrity to score and Twomley to reach third. The third run of the inning came with a sacrifice fly by senior Curt Szado (Monson, Mass.).

In the fifth, UMass tallied their final run when Szado singled in his second run of the game after Garrity had singled and Twomley had walked.

Torra allowed just three hits, struck out eight, and walked none en route to his fourth victory of the year.

In game two, a four-run sixth inning was not enough to catch up to the Owls. Sophomore Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) started the inning with a single through the left side. Franczek then walked, and Twomley reached on an error to load the bases. Another error by the shortstop allowed Szado to reach base and Santos to score. Yet another error allowed sophomore Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) to reach base and scored Franczek and Twomley. A groundout by Weiner scored the fourth and final run for the Minutemen.

Temple needed just two innings of scoring to seal the second game. In the bottom of the second, Dan Brady led off with a single and Dan Lafferty followed suit with a single of his own. Frank Nunan loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Tom Dolan flew out to left to score Brady, and then Justin Cooper singled to put the Owls up 2-0.

In the third, Temple put up a decisive four runs on the board, capped by a pair of two-run doubles by Lafferty and Nunan. Adamski went 2-for-3 in game two, while Franczek, Garrity, and Weiner all had a pair of hits in game one. UMass Captures Series With 3-2 Win Over Temple
Massachusetts (11-30, 5-13) beat Temple (11-30, 4-14), 3-2, this afternoon at Ambler Field to win their first series of the season. The Minutemen scored all three runs in the top of the ninth to earn the come-from-behind victory.

Senior Keith Doherty (quincy, Mass.) threw 8.0 innings, allowing five hits and two runs to pick up the win. He struck out seven batters. Junior David Sullivan (Winchester, Mass.) came in in the ninth and shut the door for his first save of the season.

In the bottom of the fourth, Temple opened the scoring when Matt Lafferty singled to center to score Dan Brady, who had walked earlier in the inning.

Down 1-0 in the top of the ninth, sophomore Bryan Adamski (South Deerfield, Mass.) singled up the middle. A fly out recorded the second out of the inning, and then Adamski stole second. Freshman Andy Teutken (Smithfield, R.I.) reached base courtesy of an error by the third baseman which also scored the tying run. Sophomore Travis Munsey (Durham, N.H.) singled through the left side to move Teutken to third, and then Munsey swiped second base. Sophomore Anthony Santos (Chelmsford, Mass.) delivered the two-out go-ahead hit with a single to right-center, scoring both runners and giving UMass a 3-1 edge.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jason Connor roped a triple down the right field line, and then a Mike Weckenman single pulled the Owls within a run. Sullivan then replaced Doherty on the hill and struck out the first batter he faced. Brady was able to force a walk to put runners on first and second, but then Sullivan got Lafferty to hit into a 1-4-3 game-ending double play to seal the win.

Jason Twomley Named UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete Of The Week
Senior Jason Twomley garnered UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week accolades after his performance in a weekend series against Fordham. Twomley recorded a three-run homer in Saturday's split with the Rams and went 4-for-5 on Sunday, with a triple, home run, and two RBI.

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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