UMass baseball: Minutemen’s stellar season comes to an end with A-10 tourney loss to Saint Joseph’s

Staff Reports

Published: 05-22-2024 10:40 PM

One of the best UMass baseball seasons in over a decade came to a close on Wednesday night, as the Minutemen fell 12-2 to Saint Joseph’s in an elimination game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Capital One Park in Tysons, Va.

UMass finished 24-29 including a 13-11 mark in the conference, as it made the postseason for the first time in a dozen years.

Trailing by just one run, 2-1, through three innings, the Minutemen coughed up six runs to the Hawks in the top of the fourth, and their offense never generated enough to get back into the game.

Robbie O’Connor got the start for UMass, going 3 1/3 innings – giving up six runs (four earned), four hits and two walks on three strikeouts. Lefty Zach Given relieved O’Connor, but just went 1/3 of an inning and gave up two runs on two hits.

Renn Lints (4 2/3 innings, four runs, three earned, seven hits, one strikeout, no walks) and Andrew Middleton (2/3, no runs, no walks) finished out the game.

Offensively, Mike Gervasi capped off his stellar First Team All-Atlantic 10 award-winning season with his 15th home run of the year, blasting a solo shot in the bottom of the first that tied the game at one apiece.

Carter Hanson (RBI) and Nolan Tichy also had two hits for UMass. The Minutemen kept pace with Saint Joseph’s in the hits department (13-10), but they couldn’t do any damage with runners on base on Wednesday. The Minutemen also left 12 runners on base compared to the Hawks’ eight and made four errors to their opposition’s one.

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