May 15, 2006
AMHERST, MA - Quick starts in both games of a doubleheader carried Massachusetts (14-27, 11-13) to a sweep of Saint Joseph's (17-36, 9-15 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Earl Lorden Field. UMass took the opener, 12-3, and then won game two, 7-3. Junior Adriano Petrutz went 4-6 with three RBIs to lead SJU and freshman Chris Prescott allowed just one earned run in his first conference start.
In game one, the Minutemen erupted for seven runs in the first inning to knock Hawk starter Bob Unkel from the game in the opening frame. Three SJU errors aided UMass bin inning.
The Crimson and Gray cut into the lead in the third inning scoring three times. With one Mike Blahusch singled. Jereme Scott then walked. Tim Smith followed with a sacrifice bunt that allowed Blahusch to score when an errant throw to third sailed down the left field line. Petrutz then delivered a two-run double to make it 7-3.
That, however, was all the Hawks could muster. UMass, meanwhile added a run in the fifth inning and then broke the game open with four runs in the seventh to cruise to the 12-3 win.
Unkel (3-6) took the loss allowing seven runs in just 0.1 innings of work. UM starter David Sullivan (4-6) tossed the nine inning complete game to collect the victory.
In the nightcap, UMass struck for three unearned runs in the opening frame off of Prescott.
Prescott then settled down as heavy rains soaked the field over the next several innings. SJU mounted a comeback loading the bases, but plating just a single run in the fourth inning. They then tied the game at 3-3 after plating two more runs in the fifth. Blahusch and Petrutz each delivered RBI singles in the frame.
Just a seven inning game, UMass would win it with four goals in the home half of the sixth inning.
Prescott (2-7) suffered the loss after allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. He struckout three and walked one. UMass' reliever Bryan Adamski (3-2) collected the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
SJU concludes the regular season with a three-game series against Xavier beginning on Thursday.