Western New England Sneaks by Baseball in the Ninth

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Tied at 5-5 going into the bottom of the ninth and with runners on first and third first baseman Steve Ambrosino would drive in what would be the game-winning run to give Western New England University (14-6) a 6-5 come from behind win over baseball (10-9) Wednesday afternoon Trelease Park.

The deciding run would cap off the six-run rally which started in the bottom half of the sixth inning.  In that frame the Golden Bears would score three runs to tie the score at 3-3.  UMass Boston would tack on two-runs in the form of a Jack DeBiase (Prospect, Conn.) two-run homer in the top of the eighth to make it 5-3 in favor of the Beacons.

Western New England would then tie the score at 5-5 in the bottom half of that inning first on a sacrifice fly then a single to left field.  In the top half of the ninth, the Beacons would get runners on second and third with only one out on the scoreboard.  However the Golden Bears would get the final two outs of the inning, which gave them the window of opportunity they needed to steal the win from the Beacons. 

Prior to the back-and-forth final 3 ½ innings the Beacons were very much in control of Wednesday's non-conference contest.  Western New England, who received votes on the most recent New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) regional poll, was held hitless through five innings by junior righty Michael Boughton (New Britain, Conn.). Through 7 2/3 innings the Connecticut native allowed five runs on five hits, only three of which were earned, while also striking out three and did not allow a walk all afternoon.

Boughton would leave the game in the eighth and would hand the ball over to closer Jeff Thomas (Redwood City, Calif.).  Thomas would retire one batter and allowed just one hit with the game-winning run scoring on an error.

DeBiase's two-run blast in the eighth capped off a 3-for-4 afternoon for the freshman catcher.  Designated hitter Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) continued to swing his hot bat as the junior finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.  Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) and Nick Grassetti (Agawam, Mass.) each had two hits in the contest while Collin Keefer (Charlotte, N.C.) and Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) each finished with one hit.

On the afternoon the Beacons combined for 14 hits, but stranded a total of 10 base runners, which allowed the Golden Bears to battle their way back in the later innings.  Western New England ended the day with seven hits, with only three of their six-runs scored marked down as earned.

Jeff Schult and Matt Anthonis were the only two Golden Bears to record multiple hits in the non-conference game.  Mike Lawlor earned the win, his first of the year, after going the final 1 2/3 innings.

Baseball will continue their busy week tomorrow when they travel to Gordon College for a 3 p.m. non-conference game, their fourth of the week.