March 21, 2012

Baseball Holds Off Johnson & Wales for Non-Conference Win

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With a combined 13 hits and a 4-for-5 showing by freshman designated hitter Dominic Morbidelli (Oakland, Calif.) baseball recorded their first regular season win on New England soil as they defeated Johnson and Wales University by the final of 8-6 Wednesday afternoon at Pierce Field.

Of Moribidelli's four hits, one was a double that drove in two runs as part of the Beacons (6-3) five run top of the fourth.  Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) continued to swing a hot bat as he ended the contest 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.  Collin Keefer (Charlotte, N.C.) also managed a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

On the hill Michael Boughton (New Britain, Conn.) recorded his first win of the season after five strong innings in which he allowed just four runs, two of which were earned.  He also struckout one batter and did not surrender a walk.

Jeff Thomas (Redwood City, Calif.) earned his second save of the year after closing out the final 1 1/3 innings.   The righty did not allow a hit and fanned two batters as well.

Jack Hocking led the Wildcats (6-7) at the plate as he drove in three runs on just one hit.  James Reyes also drove in two runs on one hit, while Tyler Pacheco finished the game with a pair of hits for JWU.

Alex Mackey was handed the loss after allowing eight runs, three of which were earned, in four innings.  Along with John Amodeo the two pitchers did manage a combine 11 strikeouts but did manage to walk seven batters respectively.

UMass recorded all of their eight runs in the first four innings of Wednesday's non-conference game.  Prior to the five run fourth, the Beacons put-up three runs in the top of the second on a two RBI double by Keefer and a RBI single by Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.).  Johnson and Wales got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the third to make it at the time a two run ball game (3-1). 

After the five run showing by the Beacons, the Wildcats began to chip away at the then seven run deficit.  They first scored three runs in fifth then added another run in the bottom of the seventh and eighth to make it a two-run ball game again.

However the Beacons managed to hold off the late rally behind the strong showing from Thomas.

Baseball returns to action on Saturday when they host Framingham State University at 1 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader at Yetten Field in Waltham, Mass.