April 12, 2011
WALTHAM, MA - Freshman pitcher Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, MA) tossed seven innings of five hit baseball, allowing only one run while striking out six to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team over the University of Southern Maine, 2-1, in Little East Conference action Tuesday evening at Yetten Field. With the win the Beacons improve to 8-12 overall, 3-2 in LEC play while the loss drops the Huskies to 11-10 and 2-3.
UMass Boston got on the board first with a manufactured run in the second inning. Sophomore left fielder Nick Grassetti (Agawam, MA) was able to draw a one-out walk and move into scoring position after stealing second base. Senior right fielder Jose Roman Santos (Tenares, Dominican Republic) moved him over to third on a ground out before sophomore shortstop Matt Consiglio (Southbury, CT) ripped a two-out double down the left field line to drive in Grassetti to give the Beacons the 1-0 advantage.
Southern Maine would answer in the top of the third as junior right fielder David Ricker (Winthrop, ME) led off the inning with a single before advancing to second on a wild pitch and to third on a stolen base. Next up, freshman DH Matt Powers (Portland, ME) laced a single to centerfield to drive home Ricker, knotting the game at 1-1. Ilges was able to avoid any further damage as he was able in induce a 4-6-3 double play and another groundout to get out of the inning.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until bottom of the fifth when the Beacons played a little small ball to bull ahead, scoring a run that proved to be the game-winner. Junior centerfield Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT) got things started with a one-out single and advanced to second via a stolen base. Senior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) followed it up with a walk and then the two base runners were able to execute a double-steal, putting two runners in scoring position for senior first baseman Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, NH) but Southern Maine elected to load the bases, intentionally walking Reinfurt following the double-steal. With the bases loaded, freshman catcher Taylor Kapulka (Worcester, MA) perfectly executed a suicide squeeze on the first pitch he saw, bunting the ball up the third base line allowing McCormack to easily cross the plate and give the Beacons the 2-1 advantage. USM senior starting pitcher Ben Ives (Portland, ME) was able to escape any further damage by stranding two runners in scoring position by inducing a fly out to end the frame.
Ilges made the run stand up, mowing down the side in the sixth inning and then stranding the tying run at third in the seventh with an inning ending strikeout to close his outing. Sophomore pitcher Daniel Heefner (Tracy, CA) relieved Igles for the final two frames, pitching two perfecting innings to earn his first save and preserve the 2-1 UMass Boston victory. Igles improves to 1-1 on the year while Ives was a tough-luck loser, falling to 0-3 on the season despite going the distance and striking out a career-high 13 batters in the losing effort.
The Beacons will be back in action tomorrow, April 13 when they head to Babson Park, MA to take on Babson College in a non-conference matchup at 3:30 p.m. while the Huskies are scheduled to host Colby College tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.