Baseball Edged in Both Ends of Doubleheader at UMass

Amherst, Mass. – (April 10, 2022) – The Fordham baseball team could not get the break they needed in either end of Sunday’s doubleheader at Massachusetts on Sunday, falling to the Minutemen by scores of 7-5 and 8-7 at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst .

In game one, Drew DeMartino was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to lead Massachusetts to a 7-5 win.

UMass jumped out to a 4-0 right away in the first inning, getting RBI-doubles from Mike Gervasi and Will MacLean and an RBI-single by Nolan Tichy. The Minutemen also scored on an RBI ground out.

Fordham answered with runs in the second and fourth innings to make it a 4-2 game. in the second, Andy Semo was hit by a pitch ad stole second. Jason Coules then singled through the right side to plate Semo. The fourth inning saw Semo score again, this time on a wild pitch.

The Minutemen extended the lead back to four, 6-2, in the bottom of the fourth, when DeMartino hit a two-run home run.

The Rams got back within two, 6-4, in the sixth, taking advantage of a UMass error to score twice. UMass however got one run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI-single by DeMartino.

Fordham once again closed the gap to two at 7-5, as the team loaded the bases with one out on three walks. Zach Selinger would score on a fielder’s choice, but that’s all the Rams could muster. In the ninth, Fordham again got the tying run on base, but a pickoff and a ground out ended the game.

Brooks Eye took the loss, allowing seven runs over six innings of work with three strikeouts, while Trey Maeker tossed two innings of scoreless relief. At the plate, Semo was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored, while Jake Guercio was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Andrew Semo
Andrew Semo

In game two, Dylan Judd knocked in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Minutemen completed a three-game sweep of the Rams, 8-7.

The game could not have started wore for the Rams, as UMass scored six times in the first inning, and forced starter Cory Wall out of the game after just a third of an inning pitched.

The Rams had a big inning of their own in the top of the third, scoring five times to make it a 6-5 game. With two one and one out, Selinger singled home Will Findlay for the first run of the inning, while CJ Vazquez scored later on a passed ball. Sebastian Mexico then connected on a three-run home run, the first of his career, to cap the inning’s scoring.

In the fifth inning, Fordham scored twice to take its first lead of the weekend at 7-6. Vazquez registered a one-out single to left and moved to second after Selinger was hit by a pitch. Semo followed with a single to left center to score Vazquez and tie the game at six with Selinger going to third. Selinger then scored to put the Rams on top after a fielder’s choice by Mexico.

The lead was short-lived as UMass tied the game at seven on a passed ball that scored Tichy from third base.

The Minutemen went back on top in the sixth as Dylan Judd posted a sacrifice fly after three straight walks to open the inning for an 8-7 edge.

Fordham got the tying run on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Zach Clevenger was able to hold the Rams at bay to record his second save of the season, allowing two hits with four strikeouts over the final three innings.

For the game, Mexico drove in a season-high four runs to go with his home run, while Vazquez and Selinger each scored a pair of runs. Ben Kovel and Joseph Quintal were solid out of the bullpen, as Kovel gave up one run on two hits with five strikeouts over 4.2 innings of relief, while Quintal allowed just one hit in three innings of relief.

The Rams will next be action on Tuesday when the team travels to Columbia for a 3:30 PM start.

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