April 26, 2008
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Four hits and three runs from redshirt freshman Mike Coleman were not enough to help the Saint Joseph's baseball team overcome an early 7-0 deficit as the Hawks eventually fell, 12-5, to Massachusetts in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Latshaw-McCarthy Field on Saturday.
Massachusetts (13-19, 6-11 Atlantic 10) had a big first inning, scoring three times to take an early lead. Three singles and a double helped give the Minutemen a quick 3-0 first-inning lead. They extended the lead in the second, scoring a single run on a hit and an error. UMass then tacked on three more in the top of the third. All three runs were unearned.
The Minutemen scored three more in the top of the fifth. A two-run double by second baseman Adam Tempesta and a single by third baseman Jim MacDonald plated the runs.
The Hawks answered with two in the bottom half of the frame, as Coleman tripled to score Joe Cook before coming home himself on a throwing error by the right fielder to cut the lead to 10-4.
Tempesta singled through the left side in the top of the seventh to increase the Minuteman lead to eight. Coleman led off the SJU half of the eighth with a single, and with two outs, came around to score the final on a single by David Valesente.
Coleman's big day gives him six hits in nine at-bats over the course of the two games against UMass, with six runs scored and two more driven in.
Mike DiCato improved to 4-1, pitching a complete game for Massachusetts. Dominic Favazza (1-4) took the loss for SJU, working just 2.2 innings and giving up seven runs.
The teams will contest the rubber game of the series Sunday afternoon at Latshaw-McCarthy Field as Saint Joseph's senior righthander Don Werner (2-4, 6.08 ERA) will be opposed by Massachusetts lefty Mitchell Clegg (1-4, 5.48 ERA). Game time is set for noon.