Baseball Downs Regionally Ranked St. Joseph’s College (ME), 6-5
STANDISH, Maine – Led by Chris Adams (Whitman, Mass.) 3-for-4 day and a shutdown ninth inning by Matt Dziok (Southampton, Mass.) baseball earned a huge win over regionally-ranked St. Joseph's College (Maine) as the Beacons (15-20) defeated the Monks (24-13) by the final of 6-5 at Mahaney Diamond.
Adams also recorded an RBI and a run scored in his career day as the Beacons ended a three-game skid. Dziok's four save of the year, came after allowing just one hit in the bottom of the ninth. Freshman Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) picked-up his second win of the year after going six complete innings. The Northbridge native allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out four.
The Beacons never once trailed in Wednesday's contest, but it was a two-run top of the eighth that pushed them over the top. Senior Jose Pena (Boston, Mass.) led off the inning with a huge double down the left field line. Adams then moved Pena to third on a single to the left field. The Beacons would then score their fifth run of the afternoon on an error by the first baseman. UMass Boston would then take advantage of the Monks second error in the inning to take a 6-3 lead, with Jason Cholish (Exton, Pa.) scoring the Beacons game-winning run.
Now trailing by three, St. Joseph's cut the deficit back to one in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double and a sac-fly to right field. The Monk's nearly scored the tying run with only two outs, but the Beacons got out of the inning as they threw out a runner at home.
In the ninth Dziok retired the first two batters, before surrendering a single up the middle. He would then get the third and final out on a lineout to left.
The Beacons recorded their first run of the day in the opening inning on a sac-fly by Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.), which plated Anthony Gomes-Sirianni (San Francisco, Calif.). St. Joseph's then tied the game in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second, the Beacons scored a pair of runs in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead, with Adams driving in one of the big runs.
Neither team would score a run until the top of the sixth, with the Beacons striking first again, this time on a pass ball which plated Adams. St. Joseph's produced a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, but were never able to take the lead.
Moquete finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Kyle Szatrowski and Pena recorded the other two Beacons hits.
Nic Lops led the Monks as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while also reach home twice in the non-conference loss.
Nick Whittaker despite going seven complete, was handed the loss (5-2). On the hill, Whittaker allowed four of the Beacons six runs, two earned, on five hits. He did manage eight strikeouts and gave-up three walks. Riley Cox stepped on the hill for the Monks in the eighth and allowed two unearned runs on two hits.
Baseball returns to action on Friday when they host Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Beacons will also honor their nine senior members as part of their doubleheader.