SALEM, Mass. – After a four-run top of the fourth the Vikings of Salem State would score seven unanswered runs over the final four innings to defeat baseball by the final of 8-4 Wednesday afternoon at Central Campus Field.
The Beacons who lead 4-1, after four saw their lead cut to one by the end of the sixth inning. They would then see the Vikings retake control of the scoreboard with a two run seventh, and then seal the victory in the bottom of the eighth scoring three more runs to earn the win.
With Wednesday's loss the Beacons dropped to 6-6 on the year, while the Vikings moved above .500 and now stand at 11-10.
Leading Salem State to the non-conference win was Brett Cahill who went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Matt Burgess also played a major role as the first baseman finished 3-for-5 with a run scored as well. On the hill Tim Woods pitched three shutout innings, and allowed just two Beacons hits to earn his first victory of the year.
Wednesday's loss went to senior Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.), who lasted just 1 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs on four hits. Daniel Heefner (Tracy, Calif.) closed out the final 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on one hit, while also walking two and striking out one.
Senior Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) led the Beacons offense as he produced two hits, while also driving in one run and accounting for another. Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) also had a multi-hit day as he finished with two of the Beacons six hits and also reached home plate during the four-run fourth.
Getting the start in Wednesday's contest was Josh Cummiskey (Lowell, Mass.). The junior righty went five complete innings and allowed just three runs on eight hits. The Lowell native also struck out three and walked one in his career start with the Beacons.
Salem State did strike first scoring a run in the bottom half of the first inning on an RBI single. Neither team would threaten in the next two innings, but in the top of the fourth UMass Boston came alive, as Anthony Gomes-Sirianni (San Francisco, Calif.) led off the inning with walk.
He would then steal second to put the Beacons first runner of the day in scoring position. Moquete tied the game at 1-1 on an RBI single. Todd Ezold (Westfield, Mass.) plated the Beacons second run on an RBI groundout. From there the Beacons would load the bases following a Charles LaPaglia (Mansfield, Mass.) hit by pitch and a Szatrowski single.
Anthony Searles (Shelton, Conn.) would then give the Beacons a 3-1 lead on a single, and would eventually make his way to second base. Alex Webb (Gloucester, Mass.) drove in UMass Boston's fourth run of the day on the team's second RBI groundout. With a runner on third base the Beacons looked to add to their growing lead, but unfortunately the Vikings would get out of the inning to put an end to the Beacons run.
Following the breakout inning the Beacons bats would record just two more hits, while the Vikings unloaded seven over the final three innings to pull out the victory.
Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they travel to Westfield State University for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.