FORT MYERS, Fla. – Led by Mike Vargues the Cardinals of SUNY Plattsburgh managed to hold off baseball's late inning rally as they defeated the Beacons by the final of 5-4 Saturday afternoon at Terry Park. Vargues earned his first win of the year after allowing just one run on three hits through five complete innings.
The righty came in midway through the contest, and held the Beacons to the lone run, which they scored in the bottom half of the ninth on a double steal, but managed to battle back by earning the final out of the contest on a strikeout, his second of the day.
UMass Boston (2-1) came out swinging in their third game of the 2014 season scoring a run in the bottom of the first and the second. The Cardinals (1-4) answered back with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth, both unearned, to tie the game at 2-2.
They then took their first lead of the day in the top half of the fifth on an RBI groundout to the first baseman. The Beacons did get out of the inning, allowing the lone run to keep SUNY Plattsburgh close.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Beacons tied it at 3-3 on a bases loaded hit by pitch scoring Nick Brothers (Danville, Calif.). Brothers led off the inning with a walk, but quickly moved over to third following an Anthony Gomes-Sirianni (San Francisco, Calif.) double off the high left field wall. It was in this inning that Vargues stepped on the hill and get his team out of a bases loaded jam to keep the score deadlocked.
It was not until the eighth inning that Plattsburgh was able to break the tie scoring a pair of runs to make it 5-3. After a scoreless bottom half of the eighth and top of the ninth the Beacons had just three outs left to avoid their first loss of the year.
Stepping up to the plate as a pinch hitter was Adam Gutierrez (Springfield, Mass.) who immediately ripped a double to left center, his first of the season. Brothers moved his teammate to third on a groundout to the pitcher putting the Beacons fourth run just 90 feet away and with only one out on the scoreboard.
Gomes-Sirianni would then reach first after getting a hit by pitch. On the very next pitch the Beacons pulled off a perfectly executed double steal cutting the Cardinals lead to one (5-4). Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) then singled to left center to put runners at first and third.
Unfortunately, the Beacons rally would end there as the Cardinals retired the next two batters to take the victory, the first of the year for them.
Gomes-Sirianni had a huge day for the Beacons as he went 3-for-4 with his second double in the last three games. Moquete finished 2-for-3, with one walk, while Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) went 1-for-4 with a two-run double.
Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) got the start for the Beacons and went five complete and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and had one strikeout. The loss however would go to Steve Roche (Worcester, Mass.) who was charged with the final two Cardinal runs in 0.2 innings of work.
Nicholas Lupo led the Cardinals with three hits and one RBI, while Yuya Osawa went 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they take on the University of Wisconsin-Stout at 1 p.m. at Terry Park (Field #3).