RECAP WRITTEN BY DYLAN PORCARO
BOSTON, Mass—Boston rivals #1 UMass Boston and Suffolk University split a pair of 3-1 decision in an uneventful doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Monan Park.
#1 UMass Boston 3, Suffolk University 1
Suffolk University 3, #1 UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 10-3)
(Suffolk University 4-8)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Today's first game of two at Monan Park got under way at 12:02 with Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) on the mound. A leadoff walk led to some trouble for the Beacons right from the get-go. Burgos allowed a couple of base hits in the inning but minimized the damage by only allowing 1 run.
It did not take UMass Boston long to make up for the run, as Chris Fowler (Barnstable, Mass.) led off the second inning with a walk of his own. Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) singled to left which allowed Fowler to reach third base. Charlie Huegi (Sandy Hook, Conn.) laid down a beautiful safety squeeze towards first base which scored Fowler and made the game even at one run a piece.
The Beacons struggled to score throughout the game up until the home half of the 6th inning. Wanderson Pinales (Bani, D.R.) and Herzog executed a double steal to really put the pressure on the visiting Rams and the Beacons loaded the bases with a Huegi walk. With two outs, Sal Frosceno (Derby, Conn.) was able to pull the ball through the shift in right field to bring home two runs and put Burgos back in line for the win.
Burgos settled in nicely after getting out of a few early inning jams, only allowing two base runners through innings 4-6. His final line on the day was six hits, three walks, five strikeouts, the one run and of course the win.
Ben Gottesman (Acton, Mass.) entered the game to start the 7th inning for the Beacons. He struck out 3 batters through an inning and two thirds, eventually handing the ball over to closer Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) for an attempt at the four-out save.
He struck out the first batter he faced to bring the top of the 8th to an end. He added another strikeout in the 9th, eventually ending the game with a 1-2-3 inning and a 3-1 UMass Boston victory.
JT Morin (Wilton, Conn.) got the start in game two of the double header for the Beacons. Once again, the Rams got on the board first because of a wild pitch thrown by Morin in the 2nd inning.
Much like Burgos in game one, Morin was able to dial in after a rough start and hold the Rams to only one run through five innings of work. His final line on the day was 3 hits, 3 walks, an impressive 8 strikeouts, and the 1 earned run.
After threatening to score in the first two innings with runners in scoring position in each of them, the Beacons' bats cooled off through the middle of the game. They struggled to produce a run, putting the pressure on freshman Mike Doherty (Brewster, Mass.) as he came in to pitch in relief to begin the 6th while trailing 1-0.
Doherty got off to a great start with a 1-2-3 inning, but allowed baserunners in the 7th leading to two runs. A base hit and a sacrifice fly put the Rams ahead 3-0, leaving the Beacons just 9 more outs to try to make a comeback.
Herzog took one for the team in the home half of the 7th, reaching base after being hit by the ball. He made it to second safely on a fielder's choice, and got all the way to third after Huegi reached on an infield error. Sal Frosceno came through again with a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Herzog to score and cutting into the Beacon's three-run deficit with a run of their own.
Chris Munro (Marshfield, Mass.) came in to pitch in the 8th inning. After giving up a leadoff hit, Joe Maguire (Peabody, Mass.) entered the game to pitch for the Beacons. With runners on second and third and only one out, Maguire got a key strikeout to take away the chance at a sacrifice fly. After a passed ball, the runner on third base headed home but Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) fired the ball to Maguire and he made the tag at the plate.
Maguire stayed on the mound for the 9th and although he put two runners on base, he got out of the inning keeping the score at 3-1. He threw two scoreless innings without giving up a hit but did have three walks.
Unfortunately, UMass Boston's offense was never able to get going in game two as they went 1-2-3 in the 9th.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Burgos is now 3-0 on the year
- Tramondozzi set the program record for saves in game number one with his ninth career save.
- Frosceno recorded RBI on three of the four Beacons runs on the day.
- With the split, UMass Boston falls to 13-25 all-time against the Rams. The Beacons have won six of the past nine meetings and split a pair of regular-season matchups against the Rams in back-to-back seasons.
The Beacons will visit the Westfield State Owls on Tuesday at 3 p.m.