AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The top-ranked Beacons saw their win-streak come to an end as the 25th ranked Profs of Rowan University held UMass Boston to just four hits to earn a 10-4 decision Sunday evening at Winter Haven Complex.
#1 UMass Boston 4, #25 Rowan University 10
UMass Boston (6-1)
Rowan University (6-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Profs got on the board early and never let off the gas as they handed the Beacons their first loss of the campaign. Rowan countered a Beacons run in the top of the first, with seven runs over the first three innings to take a 7-1 lead.
From there they would limit the Beacons offense, which had been firing on all cylinders heading into the second game of the day for UMB. The Beacons second run of the day came in the fourth inning on a Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.) RBI single. From there UMB would not plate another run until the top of the ninth.
UMB's pitching staff, which had also been solid through the Beacons first six games, faltered as they faced their first nationally-ranked opponent of the 2018 season. The Profs tacked on 15 hits in the non-conference win, and saw Monny Strickland lead the way with a 3-for-5 showing, which included three RBI and a run scored.
Senior Dave Murphy (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded three of the Beacons six hits, which was a season low for the top-ranked team in Division III. Murphy tried to lead a ninth inning rally for UMB, as the Plymouth native crushed a two-run homer to make it 10-4 at the time. Ben Gottesman (Acton, Mass.) was handed the loss after going just two innings. The sophomore allowed six runs on seven hits and had just one walk and one strikeout.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Sunday's contest marked the first time that UMass Boston had faced a nationally-ranked opponent this season
- The Beacons have now faced Rowan University a total of four times in their history, all of which have been played in Florida.
- The 15 hits allowed were the most surrendered by the Beacons pitching staff
The Beacons will return to action tomorrow when they take on nationally-ranked SUNY Oswego at 3 p.m. at Polk State College in Lakeland.