AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The top-ranked Beacons were handed a tough 11-9 loss by Spalding University despite trying to pull-off a ninth inning rally Thursday afternoon at the Lake Myrtle Athletic Complex.
No. 1/1 UMass Boston 9, Spalding University 11
UMass Boston (8-2)
Spalding University (12-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Spalding University never let the Beacons breathe in Thursday's contest. After UMB scored three runs in the first, Spalding answered right back with four of-their-own in the third. The Beacons regained the lead for their second and final time, when they scored two more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
From there, Spalding scored a total of seven runs between the fifth and seventh innings, while holding the Beacons to just two runs during that stretch. UMB tried to make ninth inning rally possible, despite having two outs on the scoreboard. With runners on first and second, Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) ripped a double to cut their deficit to two (11-9). With runners on the corners, the Beacons saw their comeback continue as they loaded the bases following a walk. Unfortunately, the Beacons rally came to an end as Spalding was able to get the strikeout to end the contest.
McCormick had his best day offensively as he registered four hits, and a career-high five RBI. Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) also had a strong day, as she finished with three hits, three RBI, two runs scored, a double, and a home run.
The two teams went hit-for-hit in Thursday's contest as they each finished with 15 in what turned out to be a slugfest.
Joey Rogers (Dighton, Mass.) was handed the loss for UMB, his first of the year, after allowing six runs, five earned, on nine hits through 4.1 innings. The Beacons pitching staff combined for nine strikeouts, and only allowed two walks.
Jimi Keating improved to 4-0 for Spalding after going 6.1 innings. The senior righty struckout eight and allowed seven runs, all earned, on 13 hits. Lane Staples collected the save, his first of 2018, after earning the final strikeout in the bottom of the ninth inning.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Thursday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the Beacons and Spalding
- Spalding entered the contest receiving votes on the D3Baseball.com Top-25 National Poll
- The Beacons entered the contest ranked first in Division III on both the D3Baseball.com and ABCA National Coaches Polls
- Kyle Boudrias recorded three hits in the loss and now sits with 139 career hits, which has him sitting just four hits away from breaking into the top-10 in program history
The Beacons will close out their spring trip tomorrow when they take on #22 St. Scholastica at 1:15 pm at Lake Myrtle Park Field #5.