April 22, 2014

Late Inning Rally Falls Short For Baseball at No. 5 Southern Maine

GORHAM, Mass. – A two-run fifth and ninth innings nearly erased an early deficit as baseball dropped a 7-4 Little East Conference game to fifth ranked University of Southern Maine Tuesday afternoon at USM Baseball Stadium.

With Tuesday's victory, the Huskies swept the Beacons in the 2014 regular season, as they scored all seven of their runs in the first five innings to improve to 24-7, 9-1 in the Little East.  The Beacons fell to 13-16 overall, and 4-6 in the conference with only two doubleheaders left in the regular season.

The Huskies would take an early 3-0 lead after scoring a run in the bottom half of the first three innings.  They would then tack on three runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth to jump out to a 7-2 lead at the time.

After a scoreless, sixth, seventh, and eighth the Beacons scored a pair of runs in the top half of the ninth to make it a three-run ball game.  Both runs in the inning would come off of the bat of Jose Pena who has been red-hot for the Beacons as of late.  He would crush a two-run double in the ninth to cap off a 2-for-4, three RBI day for the senior.  Both hits were doubles as Pena has recorded at-least one extra base hit in four of the last five games, which included two home runs.

On the mound, senior Daniel Heefner (Tracy, Calif.) made his first collegiate start since the 2012 season and despite battling early was handed the loss after going three innings.  Of the three runs scored, only one was earned as the Beacons defense struggled as they were charged with five errors.  The Huskies defense was just as shaky as they were also charged with five errors in the conference game.

Fellow senior Tom Cole (Mattapoisett, Mass.) would take over for Heefner in the fourth and would allow three runs, all earned, on three hits before handing the ball over to Josh Cummiskey (Lowell, Mass.) in the fifth.  The junior would then go the next two innings, before Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.) closed out the final two innings allowing just two hits. 

Freshman Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.), who was named the Little East Rookie of the Week on Monday, also had a multi-hit game (2-for-5) as he drove in one run and accounted for another. 

John Carey proved to be the big-bat for the Huskies as he went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.  Zack Bean improved to 3-0 on the year after going 5 1/3 in which he allowed two runs, both unearned, on four hits. 

Baseball returns to action tomorrow when they host Lesley University at 3:30 p.m. at Campanelli Stadium in the final home non-conference game for the Beacons.