UMass baseball: Minutemen snag series win over Saint Louis, punch A-10 tourney appearance for first time in 12 years

Published: 05-18-2024 7:57 PM

For the first time in over a decade, the UMass baseball team is Atlantic 10 tournament bound.

The Minutemen earned a 5-2 victory on Senior Day over Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. UMass secured the series win and clinched a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championships for the first time in 12 years.  

The Minutemen improved to 24-27 and 13-11 in the A-10, while the Billikens moved to 37-14 and 16-8 in the league.

Braden Sulliven led the way, going 3-for-4 on the day, including a double, with two runs and an RBI. Kevin Skagerlind, Mike Gervasi and Matt Travisano tallied two hits apiece, as Travisano contributed two runs of his own. In addition to Sullivan, Jack Beverly also recorded a double, while Skagerlind, Austin Burgess, Gervasi and Michael Toth totaled one RBI each.

Saint Louis took an early two run lead in the top of the second, but Massachusetts notched two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to knot it up a 2-2. Travisano led off with a single up the middle, before Sullivan hit a double down the left field line. Toth singled to the shortstop, allowing Travisano to cross the plate from third to cut the deficit in half. With two outs, Skagerlind singled to left field, driving home Sullivan to tie up the game.

The Minutemen pushed across two more runs in the fourth to claim a 4-2 lead. After a leadoff single from Sullivan and Toth taking his place at first after being hit by a pitch, Jack Peters put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Sullivan and Toth into scoring position. Skagerlind loaded up the bases after being hit by a pitch, before Burgess recorded a sacrifice fly, scoring Sullivan. Gervasi then hit an RBI single to center field as Toth touched home plate.

One more run in the seventh aided UMass to a 5-2 victory, as the Minutemen defense held off the Billikens throughout the contest. Massachusetts started off the inning with back-to-back singles from Carter Hanson and Travisano. Sullivan hit an RBI single with two outs, sending Travisano across the dish from second to add to the total.

Robbie O'Connor picked up the win for the Minutemen, allowing only two runs, four hits, a walk and striking out three in seven complete innings of work. Andrew Middleton earned his third save of the year, giving up only two hits and dealing three strikeouts of his own.  

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UMass now turns its attention to the A-10 Championships, running Tuesday through Saturday in Tysons, Va., at Capital One Park.