EAGLE LAKE, Fla. – A three-run bottom of the seventh proved to be the deciding frame as the Lions of The College of New Jersey (4-7) overcame an early two-run lead to hand baseball (1-3) a 6-4 non-conference loss Saturday afternoon at Lake Region High School.
TCNJ initially held a two-run lead after three, but UMB got on the scoreboard in a big way with a four-run top of the fourth that was fueled by solid hitting up the middle of the field that allowed the Beacons to move around the bases.
The Beacons would hold that two-run lead over the Lions through two complete innings, until they were able to take on one run in the sixth to make it just a one-run game. TCNJ they rallied in the seventh and with a solid showing on the hill from Brendan Kelly, the Lions were able to hang on for the win.
Kelly, went all nine innings to earn his second win of the year, and allowed four runs on six hits, while also striking out four and walking one Beacon hitter.
For the Beacons Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) made his first start of the very young season and had a solid afternoon going 6.1 innings. The righty struckout two and did not surrender a walk, but unfortunately was handed the loss.
At the plate, junior Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) had his first multi-hit afternoon of 2013 as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) continued to swing his hot bat as he drove in a pair of runs on a two RBI single in the fourth. Kurtis White (Nashant, Mass.) and Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) each picked-up an RBI in the fourth as well.
On the day, TCNJ recorded a combined 11 hits, with five layers finishing with a pair of hits. Garen Turner posted the only extra base hit of the day, a double to lead off the game changing seventh inning.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. when they take on Rowan University (N.J.) at the Lake Myrtle Field Complex in Auburndale.