UMass, Utah, and Evansville pick up Upset Wins

There was three substantial size upsets today with the UMass, Utah, and Evansville all picking up wins. The UMass Minutemen fought off a late Arizona rally in the final two innings to pick up a 9-8 victory over the Wildcats. The Evansville Aces grabbed a 2-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader with number 19th ranked Pepperdine Waves. The biggest upset of the day was the Utah Utes picking up a 2-0 shutout victory over the number seven ranked Texas A&M Aggies.

UMass 9 Arizona 8

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Minutemen (3-2) never put down their bats as they scored in five of the nine innings to squeeze past the Arizona Wildcats (7-5), evening out the weekend series at Jerry Kindall Field. This is the first time the Minutemen have taken down a Pac-10 opponent since 1982 when they beat UCLA. Mitchell Clegg (1-0) got the nod and the win for the Minutemen as he struck out nine in his seven innings pitched, allowing five hits, while junior Mike Gedman (Framingham, Mass.) earned his first save of the season after throwing for just 1/3 inning. Donn Roach (1-2) pitched three innings for the Wildcats letting up five runs on seven hits in the loss. Freshman Tom Conley (Quincy, Mass.) went 3-4 at the plate including two of the game’s four doubles while also knocking in three runs for the Minutemen. Jett Bandy had the hot bat for the Wildcats notching two hits, including a homerun, in five at bats, bringing home four runs.

UMass Recap
Arizona Recap

Evansville 2 #19 Pepperdine 0

MALIBU, Calif.-For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Evansville baseball team recorded a victory against nationally-ranked competition on Saturday, as the Purple Aces split a doubleheader with #10 Pepperdine at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, California. Evansville posted a 2-0 victory in the opener behind a combined three-hit shutout by junior Wade Kapteyn and senior J.R. Carbonell, before Pepperdine rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap to earn the doubleheader split.

Evansville Recap
Pepperdine Recap

Utah 2 #7 Texas A&M 0

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Utah baseball team earned its first shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over No. 4 Texas A&M on Saturday, March 7.

Jordan Whatcott (2-0) went six innings, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts for his second win of the year. Stephen Streich allowed two hits in two innings in relief while Robert Chimpky picked up his second save of the year after entering the game in the ninth.

Corey Shimada scored both of Utah’s two runs and went 2-for-4 on the day, while Austin Jones earned an RBI on each run scored.

“This was a great win for us,” head coach Bill Kinneberg said. “We managed to get outs at critical times and our defense played very well. Our two relief pitchers also did great and Jordan battled through some control problems. To get a shutout in this environment against this team means we are doing something right, although we did walk too many batters.”

Utah Recap
Texas A&M Recap

  • Bryan Young

    My optimism prevailed and your pessimism fell short despite the late inning rally. Nice job UMass.

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

    I told Bryan in an email that UMass would blow the lead against the Wildcats and of course they didn’t blow the lead.