BASEBALL COMBINES FOR 34 HITS IN LEC DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT WITH WESTERN CT STATE
May 6, 2011
BROCKTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston baseball team ripped 34 hits in a Little East Conference doubleheader spilt against Western Connecticut State University Friday afternoon at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA. Western Connecticut took game one, 12-11 before UMass Boston rebounded for an 11-6 game two victory. The Beacons improve to 18-20 and 8-6 in the LEC while the Colonials regular season comes to an end at 19-18 and 6-8.
In game one, junior left fielder Anthony Ruffo (Norwich, CT) belted a one-out triple in the ninth to deep right centerfield and came across to score the game-winning run on an RBI single up the middle by sophomore shortstop Chris Alberto (Trumbull, CT) to propel Western Connecticut to the 12-11 win.
The Beacons jumped ahead early on to a 6-2 lead after a five run fourth inning powered by a two-RBI single by senior first baseman Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, NH) and a three run homer by sophomore Matt Consiglio (Southbury, CT) but the Colonials responded immediately with three runs in the top of the fifth to pull within one at 6-5. Ruffo drove in the first run on an RBI single to right before junior centerfielder Mike Yates (Guilford, CT) connected on a sacrifice fly to knock in the second run of the frame. Ruffo came around to score the fifth Colonial run on an RBI double by junior catcher David Simone (Danbury, CT).
UMass Boston got the three back in the bottom half of the frame as senior DH Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) and Reinfurt hit back-to-back RBI doubles to knock WestConn senior starting pitcher Billy Anderson (Moodus, CT) out of the game and give the Beacons the 8-5 lead. Consiglio made in 9-5 with another RBI on a single to center.
Over the next two innings, WestConn would put up three runs in both the sixth and seventh to take an 11-9 lead. In the sixth, the Colonials would make it a one-run game as junior second baseman Zach Dandrea (Wanaque, NJ) led off the inning with his team-leading seventh homerun of the season. Later in the frame, Yates delivered a two-RBI single make it 9-8, UMB, and the bats stayed hot in the seventh delivering three more runs as junior third baseman Tim Nelson (Manchester, CT) came through in the clutch with a two-RBI single to left to pull the Colonials back on top, 10-9. Alberto would make it 11-9 with an RBI single up the middle to account for the two-run cushion.
The Beacons would fight back to tie the game in the bottom of the eight. Junior Mike Mattei (Spencer, MA) got the scoring started with an RBI double and came into score the tying run on an RBI single by Walsh to knot the score at 11-11 before the ninth inning heroics by Ruffo and Alberto.
Reinfurt finished game one going 4-6 with three RBI while Consiglio added a 3-5 performance with a career-nest five RBI. Nelson let the way for WestConn with a 3-4 showing to go along with four runs scored.
Junior pitcher Tom Giuliano (Stamford, CT) earned the win in relief working 4.1 innings out of the pen to improve to 2-1 on the year.
In game two, UMass Boston plated two runs in the fourth inning to break a 5-5 tie en route to an 11-6 win. An RBI single by Walsh dove in Mattei in what proved to be the game-winning run.
The Colonials plated a run in the top of the fifth make it a one-run game at 7-6 but the Beacons responded with three in the bottom half of the inning to expand the lead to 10-6. Walsh drove in two more runs on a two-RBI double and senior right fielder Dan Noonan (Westport, MA) drove in the other run on an RBI single up the middle.
UMass Boston would add one more insurance run in the seventh as Mattei knocked in an RBI single to cap the scoring at 11-6.
Early in the game the Colonials jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead in the first, plating an unearned run before the Beacons responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame to go ahead, 4-1. Walsh tied the game with an RBI single and Consiglio gave the Beacons their first lead of the game with an RBI single of his own. Junior left fielder Ty Buccetti (Wallingford, CT) connected on the sixth consecutive UMass Boston single to drive in the other two UMass Boston run's in the inning. During the game two, the first 14 UMass Boston hits were all singles.
WestConn would plate three in the top of the second on an RBI double by Ruffo followed by a two-run homer to left by Castillo, pulling the Colonials even at 4-4. UMass Boston broke the tie with an unearned run in the third but the visitors evened the score at 5-5 in the top of the fourth, also on an unearned run, before the Beacons took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth.
Freshman Will Barack (Lancaster, VA) notched his second win of the year for the Beacons, working 5.2 innings allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out three. After his departure, the UMB bullpen did not allow a hit as freshman Tyler Kane (Wilbraham, MA) and junior James Dalton (Apopka, FL) combined to work the final 10 outs to preserve the 11-6 win. Sophomore Connor Bierfeldt (Torrington, CT) suffered the loss for Western Connecticut State and falls to 1-5 on the year.
UMass Boston returns to action on Wednesday, May 11 in the opening round of the 2011 Little East Conference tournament. The Beacons clinched the \#2 seed and will face off against the \#5 seed in the University of Southern Maine at 3:30 p.m. All tournament games will be hosted by the \#1 seed in Eastern Connecticut State University at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex in Mansfield, CT. The Colonials season comes to an end as they finished in a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots in the LEC tourney and were the odd-man out in the three-way head-to-head tiebreaker with both Southern Maine and Rhode Island College. All 2011 LEC first round tournament pairings and start times are listed below.
2011 LEC Tournament Day 1 Games:
Game 1: \#6 Rhode Island College at \#1 Eastern Connecticut, 12 p.m.
Game 2: \#5 Southern Maine vs. \#2 UMass Boston, 3:30 p.m.
Game 3: \#4 Keene State vs. \#3 UMass Dartmouth, 7 p.m.