APPLETON, Wis. – With a complete game from Austin Polezoes the seventh-seeded Cardinals of North Central College (IL) upset second-seeded baseball as they handed the Beacons a 5-2 loss on the first day of the 2017 College World Series at Fox Cities Stadium at Neuroscience Group Field.
#17/19 UMass Boston 2, North Central College (IL) 5
UMass Boston (37-11)
North Central College (30-16)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With Friday's loss, the Beacons will now face the loser of the Wheaton College (MA)/California Lutheran University game at 5:30 p.m. EST tomorrow in an elimination game.
The Beacons managed just four hits in the loss, and scored their only runs in the bottom of the first and sixth innings. North Central got four of their five runs in the seventh and eighth innings. After tying the score at 2-2 in the seventh on a head's up play with a runner on third base, the Cardinals gave themselves some breathing room in the eighth on an RBI double and error by the Beacons. They then tacked on their final run of the day on an RBI single to left field.
UMass Boston tried to rally in the eighth but stranded a pair of runners on second and third with no outs on the scoreboard. In the ninth the Beacons were retired in order to give the Cardinals their first win of the championship series.
North Central will face the winner of the Wheaton/Cal Lu game tomorrow at 8:45 pm (EST) with a spot in Sunday's Pool B finals.
The Beacons looked as if though they were going to get their offense going in the first thanks to a huge RBI double by Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) that slammed off-of the left field wall. North Central limited the damage to just the one run, before they responded with a run of-their-own in the top of the second.
Senior righty Matt Tulley (Lowell, Mass.) lasted six complete innings and allowed two-runs on three hits, and had nine strikeouts. Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) was handed the loss after surrendering three runs on two hits over 1.2 innings. Bryan Kaufman (Farmingdale, N.Y.) was once again solid out of the bullpen allowing just one hit over the final 1.1 innings.
The win for Polezoes marked his fifth of the year (5-3), as the righty scattered the four hits, while also walking two and striking out two.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Friday's loss marks the first for the Beacons since fall to UMass Dartmouth on May 11 in the LEC Tournament
- Friday's meeting marked the first-ever between UMass and North Central College
- All-time UMB is now 0-3 in College World Series game and are 10-5 in NCAA Tournament play
- The Beacons four hits was their fewest since their 3-1 loss to Brandeis University on March 6 when they recorded just three hits in the 3-1 loss to Brandeis University
The Beacons will look to keep their postseason hopes alive tomorrow at 5:30 pm EST when they face either Wheaton College (MA) or California Lutheran University.