Dukes Lose Opener at UMass, 14-5

The first game of today's double-header in Duquesne baseball's rain-delayed final series was dampened a bit. Massachusetts won 14-5 early Friday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst, Mass. Game two starts after a break.

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One item that helps the glass look half full: Duquesne scored two of those five runs in their last at-bat.

Senior Anthony Manley had two doubles in four at-bats, scored three times and drove in one run. Sophomore Andrew Heck went 3-for-4, including a double and senior Brian Bernardo was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the 13-39 Dukes.

Duquesne is now tied with La Salle in 13th place in the A-10 standings with 7-17 marks. DU has another one this afternoon and the Explorers' game with Richmond just got underway (3:00 p.m.). All teams are scheduled for one Saturday.

Senior starter Ryan Juran (2-8) picked up the defeat.

Manley crossed home plate during a ground out in the first inning to open the scoring. Massachusetts (23-24, 14-11 A-10), which has a good shot at getting one of the six places in the next week's Atlantic 10 Champsionship Baseball Tournament, answered with three in the first and two in the second for a 5-1 adavantage.

Senior Bill Torre's two-out single in the third got Manley cross the plate again, cutting the deficit a bit, 5-2.

UMass added one in the fourth and two in the fifth to get the lead to six, 8-2.

Duquesne got its third run in the sixth as Bernardo scored on the first of Manley's doubles, the score now 8-3. But, well yeah, the Minutemen answered again with abother pair of runs in the bottom of that frame, tacked on three in the seventh, and one in the eighth for a close-to-insurmountable 14-3 lead.

A pair of doubles, the last by freshman Rick Devereaux got Manley's third score of the game. A ground out scored sophomore Brandon Carroll with DU's final run in the early contest.

UMass powered to the victory with four home runs, two by Brian Baudinet, the others off Jim Boone and Matt McDonald bats. Mitchell Clegg (6-1) picked up thw "W" as he held the Red and Blue to three runs, one unearned, in his seven innings on the mound.