BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – The second-seeded Lakers of SUNY Oswego used a 9-1 run over the final three innings to blow by top-seeded baseball to earn a spot in the Harwich Regional championship game as they defeated the Beacons by the final score of 11-4 Saturday afternoon on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
UMass Boston 4, SUNY Oswego 11
UMass Boston (36-9)
SUNY Oswego (29-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a three-run bottom of the fifth inning put the Beacons out in front 3-2, the Lakers erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double, a one run double, and a RBI single to take 6-3 lead.
A solo home run by Dave Murphy cut the deficit back to two (6-4) as the senior recorded the first home run of the tournament for the Beacons. Unfortunately, the bullpen could not keep the Lakers' bats quiet as they hit a two-run homer in the eighth, a solo home run in the ninth, an RBI single, followed by a sac-fly to clinch the victory.
In the Beacons than go-ahead fifth inning, Murphy drove in a pair of runs on a single to left field, which plated Eddie Riley and Sal Frosceno. Ryan McCormick (Cumberland, R.I.) kept the Beacons offensive spark alive as he ripped an RBI single to right field to load the bases. Unfortunately, UMB had to settle for the three runs as the Lakers got the final two outs of the inning to keep it at 3-2.
Joey Rogers had a solid day on the hill as he allowed just two runs on one hit, while also striking out five. Bobby Tramondozzi (Peabody, Mass.) was handed the loss after allowing four runs on five hits. The righty did strikeout three in his first inning of work, before the Lakers were able to find their swing.
Murphy finished the loss with a pair of hits and three RBI. Sal Frosceno was 3-for-4 at the plate as he continues to have a solid NCAA Tournament.
- All-time the Lakers are now 2-1 against the Beacons
- Saturday's contest was the first meeting between the Beacons and Lakers in the NCAA Regional Tournament
- All-time the Beacons are now 10-1 in the NCAA New England Regional
- Both UMass Boston and SUNY Oswego played in the 2017 College World Series
- Murphy is now tied for the single season home record with 12 tying Ryan Walsh's record set in 2011
The Beacons will now have to win three straight games, including beating SUNY Oswego twice if they are to win their second regional championship. UMass Boston will be back in action tomorrow at 12 p.m. against Ramapo College or Keystone College. If they win they will play their first game against SUNY Oswego at 3:30 pm.