April 17, 2005
AMHERST, MA - Massachusetts (5-21, 1-8 A-10) salvaged the third game of a three-game series, 12-9, over Saint Joseph's (9-23, 5-4 A-10) at Earl Lorden Field. The Minutemen used a six-run eighth to capture the victory. SJU senior Nick Baldasari had three hits for the Hawks.
UMass wasted no time and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Minutemen responded in their half of the fourth to regain a five-run lead.
In the sixth, inning, Saint Joseph's tied the game with five unearned runs. Matt Godusky led off and was able to reach on an error. Rob Pimpinella singled through the left side, and then Mike Davis was able to reach on an error which scored Godusky. Andrew Heineman was hit by a pitch, and then a dropped fly ball plated another run. Two more singles and a double play in the inning all scored runs and allowed the Hawks to climb back into the game.
The Minutemen took control of the game when they scored six runs in the bottom of the eigth. Franczek led off the inning with a single up the middle.
The Hawks pushed across a run in the seventh, eigth, and ninth, but the six-run eighth lifted UMass to its victory.
UMass sophomore Chris Lloyd picked up the win, going 2.1 innings and allowing two runs. SJU's Al Braun took the loss in relief.