Baseball Falls At UMass 9-4
April 9, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - Baseball headed west to take on intrastate rival Massachusetts looking to snap their three game losing streak but instead dropped a 9-4 decision this afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. The loss drops the Eagles' overall record to 9-19-1 while UMass improves to 7-13 with the win. The win is UMass' first over the Eagles since the first round of the Beanpot Tournament on March 24, 2000.
A strong pitching performance by Jim Cassidy propelled the Minutemen as Cassidy threw six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. After yielding a run in first frame, the junior transfer settled in and threw four straight innings without allowing a run.
The Minutemen benefited from a well-balanced attack as seven of their nine batters hit safely in the game.
UMass jumped on Eagles' starter Dan Houston early and often. In the top of the first, the home team tagged the Eagle hurler for two runs when Jim Macdonald laced a double down the left field like to score Adam Tempesta and Bryan Adamski. The runs put the Minutemen in the driver's seat as they never relinquished the lead.
The Eagles chipped away at the UMass lead with a run in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. However, the Minutemen responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh as a result of BC's sloppy play.
BC will look to get back in the win column as they take on Central Connecticut State University tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at Shea Field.