Story written by UMass Boston Athletics intern Dylan Porcaro
BOSTON, Mass.—Freshmen Tylor Arruda (New Bedford, Mass.) and Mike Doherty (Brewster, Mass.) combined to allow one run over eight innings in their collegiate debuts, to lead #1 UMass Boston Baseball past MIT 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon.
#1 UMass Boston 6, MIT 3
(UMass Boston 3-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
With the temperatures dipping into the 30s and the wind blowing in, the Beacons' two freshmen pitchers kept UMass Boston in the game until the bats heated up.
There wasn't much doing though the first couple of innings. The Beacons were able to get on the board first in the third inning with some help from senior Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.). After Charlie Huegie (Sandy Hook, Conn.) walked, moved to second on a single and stole third, Murphy drove in Huegi with a sacrifice fly to right field.
At the same time, Arruda was keeping the Engineers lineup in check through the first three innings. Through the first four innings he was spot on, only allowing two hits and working himself out of a jam in which a runner had reached third base in the first inning.
A two out walk from Arruda in the fifth opened up the door for MIT to attempt to close the gap. After a base hit put runners on first and second, the Engineers called for a hit and run in which the runner on second was able to score on a David Heller single to tie the game up at 1 apiece. Arruda was able to get through the inning, ending his day with a final line of four hits, one walk, one run over five innings of work, to go along with five strikeouts.
Murphy got things going in the sixth with a shot to dead center field which was good for a stand up double. After senior Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) drew a walk, junior Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit right to third base. With the bases filled with Beacons, sophomore Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) grounded into a double play that scored Murphy to regain the lead (2-1).
Freshman Mike Doherty (Brewster, Mass.) also made his debut as he made a relief appearance in the top of the sixth. He pitched through the eighth inning and didn't allow a run. He finished with strikeouts and two hits allowed in three innings.
Junior Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) had himself a day with three hits and a run scored. His final hit of the day came in the home half of the eighth and was followed by an infield error; giving Fowler a chance to open this game up. A triple to center field cleared the bases and gave the Beacons a 4-1 lead. Junior Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.) really put this game out of reach, when he laced a two-out, two-run single to left for his first hit as a Beacon.
Sophomore Chris Munro (Marshfield, Mass.) entered in the ninth to close out the game. A couple of walks and a two-out bunt hit loaded the bases for the Engineers and made things interesting. Heller hit a soft pop up to shallow right field forced Fowler to attempt an over the shoulder catch, but the ball bounced off of his glove and scored two runs. With the tying run at the plate, Munro kept his composure and forced a ground ball up the middle. Huegi made at great play drifting to his right and throwing the ball to second base for the final out of the game.
BY THE NUMBERS:
- Prior to Tuesday's game, UMass Boston found out they were ranked first in the D3Baseball.com Poll. It marks the first time that UMass Boston and UMass Boston Baseball have ever been ranked first in a national poll.
- UMass Boston's freshman pitchers allowed six hits, one walk, and one run over eight innings. The pair also combined for nine strikeouts.
- The Beacons are 3-0 for the first time since the 2012 season.
- UMass Boston earned their fourth-straight win over MIT and improved to 13-23 all-time.
- The Beacons' starting pitchers have allowed two earned runs over 13 innings thus far.
The Beacons will now head down to Florida where they will take on St. John Fisher College on Friday at 7:00 P.M.