AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Led by Eric Perez's 3-for-4 showing at the plate the Profs of Rowan University defeated baseball by the final of 9-3 Sunday afternoon at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.
With Sunday's loss UMB dropped to 1-4 on the year, while the Profs improved to 8-2. Rowan who has been one of the top teams in the New Jersey Athletic Conference recorded just two earned runs in the contest, as the Beacons defensive struggles continued in only their fifth regular season contest on a ball field.
Of the nine runs scored by the Profs only two were earned as the Beacons pitching staff continued to produce solid showing after solid showing. Kurtis White (Nahant, Mass.), who has been getting the start at first base, made his collegiate debut on the hill and went 4.1 allowing four runs, two earned, while also striking out one.
The Beacons bullpen also had a strong day and was highlighted by a three K afternoon by Patrick Austin, who went two complete innings late in the contest.
At the plate Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with one run batted in. Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) continued to swing his hot stick as he recorded his first double of the season. Through the first five games of the year, LaPaglia leads the Beacons with a .400 average having recorded six hits in 15 at-bats. He currently has one double, one triple, and a pair of home runs.
Rowan got on the scoreboard in the top of the first on a pair of RBI singles to take an early 2-0 lead. The Beacons answered right back in the bottom half of the second when Gerard Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) drove in Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) on a groundout making it 2-1 in favor of the Profs.
After a scoreless third, Rowan extended their lead to three following a two-run top of the fourth. UMB knowing that they were not out of the game, battled back again, this time scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) led off the inning with a walk, and quickly moved over to third after LaPaglia's double to right center. Consiglio would drive in the first run of the inning on a groundout to short. Ezold then made it a one run affair on his RBI single to center field with only one out on the scoreboard. Rowan would end-up stopping the Beacons rally as they turned a double play to end the inning.
Just as it was starting to look as if UMass was going to break out of their early season funk, the Profs responded in the top half of the next inning with three runs. They then tacked on two more in the ninth to seal the victory.
Baseball will take Monday off before returning to action on Tuesday when they face Springfield College at 11 a.m. at the Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven.