GORHAM, Maine – Led by Ben Lambert, who went seven complete scoreless innings, the third-ranked Huskies of the University of Southern Maine handed the Beacons an 8-3 Little East Conference loss Tuesday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.
UMass Boston 3, No. 3 U. of Southern Maine 8
UMass Boston (15-10, 6-3 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (20-4, 9-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lambert held the Beacons to just two hits during his strong seven innings, as the Huskies continued to hold their lead atop the conference standings. During his outing he allowed five walks but had seven strikeouts
UMass Boston's three runs all came in the top of the ninth inning as they tried to pull-off the huge comeback.
Senior Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) plated two of the three runs on a triple, his third in three games.
In total the Beacons combined for just five hits, while the Huskies put-up 12, eight of which came off of Dylan Fashempour (Redlands, Calif.). The freshman lasted just four innings, and allowed seven runs, all earned, on eight hits.
Southern Maine got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second as they scored the first run of the day. They then gained some breathing room as they plated three runs in the fourth, and three more in the fifth. Their final run of the contest came in the eighth as they earned a regular season split with UMB.
BY THE NUMBERS
- On Monday, Herzog, Fashempour, and Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) all earned Little East Conference weekly honors, the first of the year for all three players
- The Beacons now sit tied for second in the conference standings alongside Rhode Island College
- Herzog now sits just two triples away from tying the single season record of six, and is now just four triples away from tying the all-time program record of 11
The Beacons will travel to Salem State University tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.