BOSTON, Mass. – In what was the most one-sided doubleheader ever played at Monan Park, baseball scored 42 runs on 39 hits as they dismantled Western Connecticut State University in a pair of seven-inning mercy rule victories Friday afternoon.
GM1: UMass Boston 19, Western Connecticut State 2 (7 innings)
GM2: UMass Boston 23, Western Connecticut State 3 (7 innings)
UMass Boston (19-10, 8-3 Little East Conference)
Western CT State (5-20, 2-9 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Of the Beacons 39 hits, 19 were for extra bases, which included six home runs, four triples and nine doubles. The Beacons were also walked a combined 11 times. Amongst the many highlights were a pair of home runs and a triple from Nick Cotraro (Beverly, Mass.) in game two. After missing game one, Cotraro crushed a home to dead center and ended the shortened nightcap with six RBI and two runs scored on three hits.
Nick Herzog (Riverhead, N.Y.) plated a combined seven runs on five hits which included a grand slam, a triple, and a double. He also accounted for five of the Beacons runs as he continues to absolutely rip the over off the baseball.
Michael Comeau (Andover, Mass.) also unloaded a massive home run in the sweep as he put it over the Beacons bullpen in right center. He finished the opener with a double to go along with two RBI and two runs scored.
GAME 1: UMB 19, WCSU 2 (7 INNS.)
The Beacons wasted little time taking their LEC opponents out of the opener as they tacked on five-runs in the top of the first inning. The Beacons were the visiting team on the scoreboard for both games, as the twinbill was scheduled to be played Western Connecticut State University. After WCSU put-up one run in the bottom half of the first inning, UMB tacked three more runs in the second and third innings. They then recorded one more in the fourth and fifth, before blowing the game wide open in the sixth with seven runs. They sealed the mercy rule victory in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs.
Fernando Burgos (Hyde Park, Mass.) collected the win after allowing two runs on seven hits, while also striking out seven to improve to 5-0 on the campaign.
Herzog led UMB with a 2-for-6 showing which included his five RBI. Danny Brown (Hudson, N.H.) was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored.
GAME 2: UMB 23, WCSU 3 (7 INNS.)
The nightcap was over before it got started for the Colonials, as the Beacons scored 13 runs through the first three innings. They then put the contest well out of reach in the fourth with five more runs, before scoring two in the fifth and three in the sixth.
WCSU would score one run in the fifth, and two in the bottom of the seventh.
Tylor Arruda (New Bedford, Mass.) earned the win and pitched four hitless innings. He struck out three and retired eight in a row before calling it a day. The righty improved to 4-1 on the year with victory, which quickly turned into a staff day after the fourth inning.
Cotraro was 3-for-4 with six RBI and two runs scored in the nightcap blowout. Josh Lopez (New London, Conn.) continues to be the spark plug that the Beacons needed as he went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Kyle Penney (Tolland, Conn.) recorded a 2-for-3 afternoon, which featured three RBI and two run scored.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Recording their first hits in the wins was Henry Score (New York, N.Y.), Danny Collazo (Stanford, Conn.), and Thomas Cue (Shrewsbury, Mass.)
- Eddie Riley (Quincy, Mass.) also went yard in game one, his fourth of the year
- The Beacons finished with a total of 17 RBI in game one and 22 RBI in game two
- All-time the Beacons are now 32-18-1 against WCSU and have won six straight
- Their 23 runs in game two marked the most scored by UMB against the Colonials ever in the history the series
- Herzog has now recorded an extra base hit in nine straight games and for the second straight week finished a hit shy of the cycle against an LEC opponent
- Kyle Boudrias (Medford, Mass.) extended his hit-streak to 25-straight games with one hit
- Burgos remains one of only three pitchers in the Little East with an undefeated record of 5-0 or better
The Beacons will now travel to Brandeis University on Tuesday for a pair of seven inning games. The game on Monday against MIT has been postponed.