April 19, 2011
GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Ryan Walsh (Newton, Mass.) hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning as the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons rallied from a two-run deficit and went on to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 9-8 in a Little East Conference baseball game Tuesday afternoon at the USM Baseball Stadium.
The win gave the visiting Beacons a sweep of the teams' regular-season series, and improves their record to 10-14 overall and 5-3 in LEC play. The Huskies fall back to .500 at 13-13 overall, and are now 3-5 in the conference.
Walsh paced the Beacons' 11-hit attack with two hits and four RBI. Junior Mark McCormack (Shelton, Conn.) had a pair of doubles, and classmate Mike Mattei (Spencer, Mass./David Prouty) and sophomore Nick Grassetti (Agawam, Mass.) each had two hits. Sophomore Dan Gambill (Lake Worth, Fla.) picked up the win in relief of rookie starter Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, Mass.). Sophomore Daniel Heefner (Tracy, Calif.) came on in the eighth inning to earn his second save of the season.
For the Huskies, freshman Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) had a big day going 5 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored. Junior David Ricker (Winthrop, Maine) had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and two RBI, and senior Josh Mackey (Danvers, Mass.) had three singles. Senior Mike Eaton (Sabattus, Maine/Oak Hill) hit his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the third inning.
Trailing 6-4 entering the seventh inning, Mattei singled and McCormack doubled before Walsh lifted his ninth home run of the season over the center field fence. Sophomore Matt Consiglio (Southbury, Conn.) hit a solo home run, his first of the season, later in the inning to give UMB an 8-6 lead.
The oHuskies got one run back in the home half of the inning as Chadwick led off with a triple and scored on a single by sophomore Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy).
Mattei drove in what proved to be the winning run in the eighth inning with a single that scored Grassetti. Chadwick doubled leading off the ninth, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Grady's sacrifice fly to narrow the gap to one. Heefner got the final two outs on infield ground balls.
Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) hosting Saint Joseph's College. UMass Boston is scheduled to play at Salem State University on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).
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