BASEBALL EARNS SPLIT IN LEC MATCHUP WITH PLYMOUTH STATE, 4-3, 6-1
May 1, 2011
BROCKTON, MA - Junior outfielder Ty Buccetti (Wallingford, CT) drove in senior outfielder Dan Noonan (Westport, MA) in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete a come-from-behind victory as the University of Massachusetts beat Plymouth State University 4-3 in game one of a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA. The Panthers used a five-run fourth inning in game two to avenge the earlier decision on the way to a 6-1 win and split of the twin bill. UMass Boston now stands at 16-17 overall and 7-5 in the LEC while Plymouth State has a 12-21 record overall and 4-8 in LEC play.
In game one, with the Beacons trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth and down to their final out, senior first baseman Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, NH) singled through the left side to knock in junior centerfielder Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT), and then senior outfielder Jose Ramon Santos (Tenares, DR) singled to right center to bring in freshman outfielder Collin McCarthy (Quincy, MA) who was pinch running for Reinfurt.
Senior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) paced the UMass Boston attack in game one by going 3-for-5. Reinfurt collected two hits and was the only other Beacon with multiple hits. For the Panthers, sophomore leftfielder Steve Beard (Middleton, MA) and junior rightfielder Luke Merrill (Pittsburgh, NH) each tallied three hits with an RBI and run scored.
Sophomore pitcher Daniel Heefner (Tracy, CA) closed out the 10th inning for the Beacons to earn the victory and improve to 2-2, but sophomore right hander Dan Gambill (Lake Worth, FL) was the key factor on the hill for UMass Boston with 3.1 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief. Junior lefty James Dalton (Apopka, FL) started and went six innings. He scattered 10 hits and allowed three runs while striking out five.
On the hill for Plymouth State in game one, junior hurler Bobby Chatfield (Sharon, CT) was solid through the first 6.2 innings. He allowed 11 base runners on seven hits and four walks, but surrendered just one run while striking out seven and exited with the lead. Senior reliever Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, NH) took over but gave up three earned over his 2.2 innings and fell to 2-4 with the loss.
In game two, the Beacons grabbed the lead in the first inning but the Panthers responded with five runs in the fourth to pull away. Merrill singled to right field, junior first baseman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, NJ) walked and sophomore third baseman Joe Perry (Sandwich, MA) singled to right field to load the bases for freshman centerfielder Jeff Runnals (Wolfeboro, MA) who then doubled down the right field line for two runs. After sophomore catcher David Tammaro (Cheshire, CT) walked to reload the bases, UMass Boston got a pair of strike outs, but then junior second baseman Ryan McIntosh doubled to left field to bring everyone home. Merrill and McIntosh finished with two hits but Lausberg led the way with a 3-for-5 effort.
Junior starter Jonathan Bishop (Woburn, MA) went the distance for Plymouth State to earn the victory in game two and improve his record to 2-5. He allowed just five hits and an earned run while striking out 10. For UMass Boston, sophomore right hander Tom Cole (Mattapoisett, MA) went the first five innings and was responsible for five runs on six hits and five walks. He struck out five, but now holds a 2-4 record.
The Beacons return to action tomorrow when they host Endicott College at noon at Yetten Field in Waltham, MA, while the Panthers travel to Northfield, VT on Monday to face Norwich University at 4:00 p.m.