April 17, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Runs were at a premium on Friday afternoon as Mitchell Clegg of Massachusetts and Randy Mower of Saint Joseph's combined for 17 innings and just three runs allowed. Unfortunately for SJU, all three were scored by the Minutemen as UMass earned a 3-0 victory at Earl Lorden Field.
The loss ended a four-game conference winning streak and a four-game overall winning streak for Saint Joseph's (14-17-1, 7-5 Atlantic 10). The victory was the 600th career win for UMass head coach Mike Stone.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Massachusetts (12-19, 5-8 Atlantic 10) went ahead 2-0. After Brian Baudinet reached on an error, Jim Macdonald hit a two-run home run to right center to break the deadlock.
The Minutemen would add one more run on a two-out single in the sixth by Mike Donato.
Mike Plakis was the only Hawk to notch more than one hit. David Valesente singled in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, while Dewey Oriente had a single in the ninth to push his own streak to 11.
Clegg improved to 3-1 with the win. He went the distance, giving up just six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Mower took the loss, falling to 4-4. He threw eight innings, giving up eight hits and three runs, two of them earned.
The teams will resume the series Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Dominic Favazza will be on the hill for SJU, opposed by UMass' Nick Serino.