May 23, 2012

Haverstick’s Homer Completes 6-5 Comeback Win over UMass

Rhody's Starting Lineup
Roy (CF), Caputo (SS), Cammans (1B), Stenhouse (RF), Fortunato (2B), Quinn (DH), Adams (C), Haverstick (3B), Famiglietti (LF), Furney (P)

Massachusetts' Starting Lineup
McLam (2B), Adie (RF), Serino (CF), Conley (C), Begin (1B), Campero (3B), Tuneski (DH), Sanford (SS), Graef (LF), Popielarczyk (P)

How it Happened
Massachusetts (22-22) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring on a two-out wild pitch for the early advantage. Rhody (33-24-1) then put up a four-spot in the bottom of the second as the Rams loaded the bases with two away before getting back-to-back two-run doubles by Chris Famiglietti and Jeff Roy.

The lead was short-lived though as UMass responded with four of its own in the top of the fifth, reclaiming the lead at 5-4.

Neither team scored again until the bottom of the eighth when Dan Haverstick blasted a two-run shot over the left field fence to put the Rams on top, 6-5.

Inside the Box Score

  • Haverstick's home run was his second of the season. For the game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs and two RBI.
  • Defensively, both Roy and Milan Adams came up with big ninth-inning plays to prevent the Minutemen from scoring any additional runs.  
  • Bobby Dean turned in a clutch performance on the mound, coming on in the top of the fifth and striking out four while not allowing a hit over 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. 
  • Mike Bradstreet (3-3) earned the win as he kept the Minutemen off the board over the final inning and a third. 
  • UMass' Joe Popielarczyk took the loss, giving up a season-high six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over 7.1 innings of work. Tom Conley and Dylan Began each had three hits for the Minutemen.

What's Next
The Rams return to Houlihan Park for Thursday night's 7 p.m. elimination game. Rhody will face the lowest-seeded losing team from tomorrow's matchups between #1 Saint Louis/#5 Richmond and #2 Dayton/#6 Saint Joseph's.