March 27, 2011
QUINCY, MA - Senior first baseman Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, NH) homered while driving in five runs to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team past Suffolk University, 12-6, Sunday afternoon at Adams Field in Quincy, MA. The win is the third in a row for UMass Boston, who improves to 4-7 on the season while the loss drops Suffolk to 7-5 overall.
The Beacons jumped ahead to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double by senior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) in the first inning but the Rams responded with three unearned runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead.
UMass Boston would answer with a three-run third inning to take the lead for good, fueled by an RBI single by freshman catcher Taylor Kapulka (Worcester, MA) and Reinfurt's two-run shot to pull the Beacons ahead, 4-3. Reinfurt would continue his productive day with a two-RBI double in the fifth in which UMass Boston would push three more runs across to for the 7-3 advantage.
In the sixth, a sac-fly by Reinfurt and RBI single by senior right fielder Dan Noonan (Westport, MA) increased UMass Boston's lead to 9-3 before the Rams were able to plate two runs in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by senior shortstop Mark Addesa (Revere, MA) and an RBI single by freshman second baseman Devan Jones (Roslindale, MA). The Rams threatened to do more damage but sophomore starting pitcher Daniel Heefner (Tracy, CA) was able to work his way out of a bases loaded jam, preserving the 9-5 lead.
The squads would go on to trade runs in the eighth to make it 10-6 before the Beacons capped the game's scoring with two runs in the ninth on a two-RBI single by Kapulka to give UMass Boston the 12-6 cushion.
Heefner earned the victory, tossing six innings while allowing only two earned runs. Freshman relief pitcher Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, MA) was solid in relief, hurling the final two innings and allowing only one hit to go along with a pair of strikeouts. Senior pitcher Andrew Babb (Ashland, MA) suffered to loss for the Rams, allowing seven runs over 4 2/3 innings of work.
UMass Boston returns to action on Tuesday, March 29 when they head to Fitchburg, MA to take on Fitchburg State at 3:30 p.m. while Suffolk takes to the diamond tomorrow to take on Eastern Connecticut State University in a 3:30 p.m. contest.