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Tupman, UML are just too much for Bryant

By Used with permission from the Lowell Sun Online.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Sophomore catcher Matt Tupman went 3-for-6 with a grand slam and 6 RBIs as the University of Massachusetts Lowell baseball team won the opening game of a three-game series against Bryant, 15-4, yesterday.

The River Hawks pounded out 21 hits, including 9 extra-base hits off of six Bryant pitchers, and closed within two games of the Bulldogs in the Northeast-10 Conference standings heading into today's scheduled doubleheader here.

UMass Lowell exploded for six runs in the top of the fourth as the first eight batters reached base. Allen Mottram delivered an RBI double to make it 5-2 and Lenny Carter (Windham, N.H.) and Adam McCusker (Chelmsford) followed with back-to-back RBI singles, giving the River Hawks a 7-2 lead.

In the seventh, the River Hawks broke the game open. Left fielder Sean Kerrigan (Wilmington) led off with a solo home run to left and, after a base hit and two walks, the bases were loaded for Tupman, who drilled the grand slam to make it 13-3.

The lead was plenty for UML starter Nate Linstad (Chelmsford), who scattered 8 hits and struck out 6, going the distance to run his record to 7-0 on the year.

UMass Lowell, winners of 13 of 14, improved to 19-13 overall and 17-6 in the Northeast-10. Bryant fell to 25-12, 19-4 in the NE-10.