BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Led by Tory Buck's 3-for-4, three RBI and two runs scored showing the Bears of Bridgewater State University (11-8-1) handed baseball (9-10) their second straight loss of the week by the final of 7-5 Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Park.
The Beacons, who are playing their fifth game in four days, nearly erased an early Bridgewater lead in the top of the eighth, but were unable to drive home the final two runs to tie the ball game at 7-7. Bridgewater used a combined six runs through the first two innings to build the early momentum. They would put-up their seventh run of the day in the bottom of the seventh to counteract back-to-back one run innings by the Beacons, which at the time made it a four-run ball game (7-4).
Buck's afternoon started in the second when he singled to left field. He then stole second and was plated by an RBI single to give the Bears their first run of the day. He would then come back in the 2nd inning and ripped a three RBI double to push Bridgewater's lead to five (6-1).
After grounding out in the fourth, Buck would end his day with a single through the left side. He would then steal second for the second time, and would come all the way home on a pair of errors by the Beacons to give the Bears their seventh run of the afternoon.
UMass actually led Tuesday's contest in the first inning as Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) picked-up an RBI on a sacrifice fly to left field, which plated Jamill Moquette (Boston, Mass.) Consiglio would go on to record just one at-bat as the senior infielder was walked a total of three times. For Moquette, he continued to be red hot on the base paths as he walked away with a season-high three stolen bases. Tuesday's performance marked the sixth straight game that the junior outfielder has recorded at-least one stolen base. To date the Boston leads the Little East Conference with 16 steals on 17 attempts.
The Beacons would record their second run of the day in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.). They would then make it 6-3, when Charles LaPaglia (Marshfield, Mass.) scored on a bases loaded wild pitch. The final two Beacons runs would come as the result of a fielding error by Bridgewater and a sacrifice fly from LaPaglia.
On the hill Will Barrack (Lancaster, Va.) was handed his third loss of the year, after allowing six runs on six hits through two innings of play. Harlan Zeerip (Bridgewater, Conn.) and Ryan Augustine (Burlington, Conn.) closed out the final six inning for UMB. Zeerip ended up going 4.1 allowing one run, unearned, on two hits, while striking out two. Augustine surrendered just one hit, while also striking out three in 1.2 of work. David Holmes recorded the victory after he went the final 4.1. Combined the Bears bullpen recorded 12 strikeouts, with five going to Holmes, while six went to starter Shane Surette.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they host Endicott College at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.